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Obama wins fresh Pak, Afghan pledge against terrorism

Obama wins fresh Pak, Afghan pledge against terrorism

Author: PTI
Publication: The Pioneer
Date: May 7, 2009
URL: http://www.dailypioneer.com/174531/Captured-video-shows-LTTE-using-civilians-as-forced-labour.html

After some tough talking, US President Barack Obama today secured a fresh pledge from leaders of Pakistan and Afghanistan to "dismantle, disrupt and defeat" the al-Qaeda and Taliban while promising to make "every effort" to avoid civilian casualties in anti-insurgency operations.

Obama met Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai at the White House to forge a common strategy to deal with a resurgent Taliban and threat from al-Qaeda, whose leaders have found a safe haven in the two countries.

The US has a stake in the future of the two countries, said Obama, who had last month expressed his "grave concern" over the situation in Pakistan describing the civilian government there as "very fragile" and lacking the capacity to deliver basic services.

After the trilateral summit today, Obama said he was "pleased" that Zardari and Karzai fully appreciated the seriousness of the threat and that they had reaffirmed their commitment to confronting it.

"And I'm pleased that we have advanced unprecedented cooperation between Afghanistan and Pakistan on a bilateral basis -- and among Afghanistan, Pakistan and the United States -- which will benefit all of our people," Obama told reporters. said providing a detailed description of the video on its website.

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