Wednesday May 6, 2009 President Barack Obama pledged support of Pakistan in it’s deepening war with al Quaeda and Taliban militants who are responsible for killing innocent civilians and challenging democratically elected officials in the country. The President, along with Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan met and collaborated together with one common goal in mind. This goal according to Obama was to meet “as three sovereign nations joined by a common goal: to disrupt, dismantle and defeat al Qaeda and the Taliban”. To achieve this goal Obama said he believes the leaders need to deny extremists space and opportunity to operate and bring a better life to the civilians of these two countries.
“Along the border, where insurgents often move freely, we must work together with a renewed sense of partnership to share intelligence and to coordinate our efforts to isolate, target and take out our common enemy,” President Obama said.
Secretary of State Hilary Clinton also held talks with Afghanistan and Pakistan leaders earlier in the day. These talks were attended by foreign, defense, intelligence and agriculture ministers from both countries as well as several members of the Obama administration. The talks addressed initiatives to “improve security, boosting economic development and trade and increasing opportunities for both populations”.
“While we will need high level of support in days to come, we will also be far more transparent in our actions,” Zardari told the group. “Here, me, my friend, President Karzai, and the United States assure the world, that we will stand shoulder to shoulder with the world to fight this cancer and this threat.”
By having these leaders meet with Obama and several members of his cabinet, the United States hopes to enlist them as partners in combating terrorism on a global scale.
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