Pakistan, US vow to jointly fight terrorism

February 12th, 2009 - 3:40 am ICT by IANS  

Barack ObamaIslamabad, Feb 12 (Xinhua) Pakistan and the US will evolve a joint strategy to tackle terrorism and extremism in the region, the state-run APP news agency reported Wednesday.
US President Barack Obama telephoned his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari Wednesday and assured him that Washington would continue to provide assistance to Pakistan for the development of its social and economic sectors.

In their 30-minute telephonic conversation, the two leaders discussed war on terror, bilateral and regional issues, and agreed to adopt a common strategy to deal with terrorism and extremism, the report said.

Obama said the US, Pakistan and Afghanistan would “evolve a joint strategy to overcome the nuisance of terrorism and extremism”.

This was Obama’s first direct interaction with Zardari after taking over as president.

Zardari congratulated Obama on assuming the office of the president and hoped the situation in the region would change and Pakistan-US relations would be strengthened further.

Zardari, while assuring his full cooperation to Obama, stressed that Pakistan will not allow anybody to use its soil for terrorist activities and will take every possible step to prevent that.

Zardari also expressed hope that the visit by US special envoy Richard Holbrook to the country would help boost understanding between the two nations.

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