Obama links Pakistan aid to fight against terror

January 21st, 2009 - 7:09 pm ICT by IANS  

Barack ObamaWashington, Jan 21 (IANS) US President Barack Obama has stated in his foreign policy agenda that the US “will increase nonmilitary aid to Pakistan and hold them accountable for security in the border region with Afghanistan”.President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will renew America’s security and standing in the world through “a new era of American leadership”, stated the document released Tuesday soon after the new president went to the Oval Office following the swearing-in ceremony.

The Obama-Biden team will “end the war in Iraq responsibly, finish the fight against the Taliban and Al Qaeda in Afghanistan, secure nuclear weapons and loose nuclear materials from terrorists, and renew American diplomacy to support strong alliances and to seek a lasting peace in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict”, it said.

The agenda document went on to add: “Obama and Biden will refocus American resources on the greatest threat to our security - the resurgence of Al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan.”

“They will increase our troop levels in Afghanistan, press our allies in NATO to do the same, and dedicate more resources to revitalise Afghanistan’s economic development. Obama and Biden will demand the Afghan government do more, including cracking down on corruption and the illicit opium trade,” it said.

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