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Foreign Affairs Ministry of Pakistan: Statement on U.S.' Afghanistan Strategy, December 2009

Published December 2, 2009

Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs gave this statement on December 2, 2009 following U.S. President Obama's speech on the U.S. strategy in Afghanistan on December 1, 2009.

Pakistan has taken careful note of the important announcement by President Obama of the U.S. Afghanistan strategy.

President Obama has correctly mentioned that the struggle against violent extremism extends well beyond the region.

Pakistan is committed to uprooting terrorism from our region and in advancing the cause of peace and stability in Afghanistan .

Pakistan looks forward to engaging closely with U.S. in understanding the full import of the new strategy and to ensure that there would be no adverse fallout on Pakistan .

Pakistan and the U.S. need to closely coordinate their efforts to achieve shared objectives. There is certainly the need for clarity and coordination on all aspects of the implementation of the strategy.

We welcome President Obama's reaffirmation of partnership between the two countries built on a foundation of mutual interest, mutual respect and mutual trust. Also U.S. strong support for Pakistan 's security and prosperity.

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