News / Asia

Obama: Pakistan an Important Strategic Partner

Obama: Pakistan is Important Strategic Partneri
X
October 24, 2013 4:24 AM
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif met with President Barack Obama at the White House on Wednesday to seek an end to drone strikes and to discuss Pakistan's role in the region after the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. The two leaders also tackled some tough bilateral issues.

Obama: Pakistan is Important Strategic Partner

Zlatica Hoke
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif met with President Barack Obama at the White House on Wednesday to seek an end to drone strikes and to discuss Pakistan's role in the region after the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.  The two leaders also tackled some tough bilateral issues.
 
After the meeting with Sharif on Wednesday, Obama said the United States considers Pakistan an important strategic partner in South Asia.
 
"We believe that if Pakistan is secure and peaceful and prosperous, that's not only good for Pakistan, it's good for the region and it's good for the world," said Obama.
 
Obama praised Pakistan's efforts to spur economic development, and he promised U.S. support. 
 
"We discussed how the United States could potentially be helpful on energy projects, on infrastructure projects.  I applauded the prime minister for some of the reform steps that he has already taken.  Not all of them are easy, but they promise to flip Pakistan's finances and economy on a more stable footing.  And the prime minister emphasized how trade can be a powerful engine for growth as well," continued Obama.
 
Relations between the two countries have been strained since 2011, when U.S. Special Forces captured al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in his hideout in northeastern Pakistan without prior consultation with the Pakistani government.  Later that year, a U.S. air strike mistakenly killed 24 Pakistani soldiers along the Afghan border.
 
Pakistanis also object to Washington's drone program, which targets terrorists but sometimes also kills civilians. 
 
While Obama made no mention of drones Wednesday, Sharif said he asked Obama to end U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan. 
 
"As in the past, we will continue to engage the United States of America in building [a] united, peaceful and stable Afghanistan. I told President Obama about my sincere commitment to build a cordial and cooperative relationship with India and our efforts to peacefully resolve all our outstanding issues, including Kashmir," said Sharif.
 
The withdrawal of the remaining U.S. forces from Afghanistan next year raises concerns that the Taliban will rise yet again and attempt to take control of the tribal areas along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.
 
Sharif pledged to fight terrorism in his country, but his government has very little control in some of those border regions.
 
The Obama administration has repeatedly said drone strikes against terrorists will continue in areas that the government cannot protect from terrorists.  The White House on Tuesday rejected Amnesty International's criticism of its drone program, saying the unmanned aircraft are used precisely to avoid civilian casualties.

You May Like

US Investors Eye IPO for China's Alibaba

E-commerce giant handled 80 percent of China's online business last year, logging more Internet transactions than US-based Amazon.com and eBay combined More

Video Uneasy Calm Settles Over Israel, Gaza Strip

As cease-fire begins, Palestinians celebrate in streets; Israelis remain wary More

Video Chinese Doctors Use 3-D Spinal Implant

In treatment of a 12-year-old boy Chinese doctors used a 3-D printer and special software to create an exact replica of vertebra More

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Chinese Doctors Use 3-D Spinal Implanti
X
August 27, 2014 4:53 PM
A Chinese boy suffering from a debilitating bone disease has become the first patient with a part of his spine created in a three-dimensional printer. Doctors say he will soon regain normal mobility. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Chinese Doctors Use 3-D Spinal Implant

A Chinese boy suffering from a debilitating bone disease has become the first patient with a part of his spine created in a three-dimensional printer. Doctors say he will soon regain normal mobility. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Uneasy Calm Settles Over Israel, Gaza Strip

Israel and the Gaza Strip have been calm since a cease-fire set in Tuesday evening, ending seven weeks of hostilities. Hamas, which controls Gaza, declared victory. Israelis were more wart. VOA’s Scott Bobb reports from Jerusalem.
Video

Video India’s Leprosy Battle Stymied by Continuing Stigma

Medical advancements in the treatment of leprosy have greatly diminished its impact around the world, largely eliminating the disease from most countries. India made great strides in combating leprosy, but still accounts for a majority of the world’s new cases each year, and the number of newly infected Indians is rising - more than 130,000 recorded last year. Doctors there say the problem has more to do with society than science. VOA News reports from Kolkata.
Video

Video Northern California Quake: No Way to Know When Next One Will Hit

A magnitude 6.0 earthquake rocked northern California’s Napa Valley on Sunday. Roads twisted and water mains burst. It was the wine country’s most severe quake in 15 years, and while hospitals treated many people, no one was killed. Arash Arabasadi has more from Washington on what the future may hold for those residents living on a fault line.
Video

Video Scientists Unlock Mystery of Bird Flocks

How can flocks of birds, schools of fish or herds of antelope suddenly change direction -- all the individuals adjusting their movement in concert, at seemingly the same time? British researchers now have some insights into this behavior, which has puzzled scientists for a long time. VOA's George Putic has more.
Video

Video Ukraine: Captured Troops Proof of Russian Role in Separatist Fight

Ukrainian officials say they have captured Russian soldiers on Ukrainian territory -- the latest accusation of Moscow's involvement in the conflict in eastern Ukraine. VOA's Gabe Joselow reports from the Ukrainian side of the battle, where soldiers are convinced of Russia's role.
Video

Video Rubber May Soon Come From Dandelions

Synthetic rubber has been around for more than a century, but quality tires for cars, trucks and aircraft still need up to 40 percent or more natural rubber content. As the source of natural rubber, the rubber tree, is prone to disease and can be affected by bad weather. So scientists are looking for replacements. And as VOA’s George Putic reports, they may have found one in a ubiquitous weed.
Video

Video Jewish Life in Argentina Reflected in Yiddish Tango

Jewish people from across Europe and Russia have been immigrating to Argentina for hundreds of years. They brought with them dance music that were eventually mixed with Argentine tango. The result is Yiddish tango -- a fusion of melodies and cultural experiences that is still evolving today. Elizabeth Lee reports from the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, where one band is bringing Yiddish tango to an American audience.

AppleAndroid