News / Asia

Pakistan's Zardari To Meet Obama On US Visit

Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari speaks to journalists in Paris, Aug 2010 (file)
Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari speaks to journalists in Paris, Aug 2010 (file)

The White House said Thursday Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari will meet with U.S. President Barack Obama during a trip to the United States for the memorial service of veteran diplomat Richard Holbrooke.

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs says Mr. Zardari will attend the service of the late U.S. envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan Friday and hold talks with Mr. Obama.

The two leaders are expected to discuss joint interests in economic reform, support for democracy and combating terrorism.

Mr. Zardari is also scheduled to meet with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Holbrooke died last month from heart complications. He was a long-serving diplomat who played a key role in shaping U.S. policy in Pakistan and Afghanistan after being appointed by President Obama.

Mr. Zardari’s visit follows a major political crisis earlier this month in Pakistan that led to a near-collapse of the Pakistan People’s Party coalition government.  

Pakistani officials say, prior to leaving, Mr. Zardari made a point to speak with all opposition leaders to inform them of his visit, a move seen to ensure political stability.

Ruling coalition partner, Muttahida Quami Movement, or MQM, announced on January 2 it was defecting to the opposition, upsetting the political balance of power in Pakistan. The MQM has been at odds with the government over tax reforms, increased fuel prices and efforts to improve security.

The party agreed to rejoin the ruling coalition after Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani agreed to reverse a controversial hike in fuel prices that helped spark the breakup of his ruling coalition.

On Wednesday, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden met in Islamabad with Mr. Zardari and other leaders, stepping up the U.S. plea for Pakistan to fight escalating religious extremism.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP.

You May Like

How to Safeguard Your Mobile Privacy

As the digital world becomes more mobile, so too do concerns about eroding privacy and increased hacking More

'Desert Dancer' Chronicles Iranian Underground Dance Troupe

Film by Richard Raymond is based on true story of Afshin Ghaffarian and his friends More

Obesity Poses Complex Problem

Professor warns of obesity’s worldwide health impact More

This forum has been closed.
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Rolling Thunder Run Reveals Changed Attitudes Towards Vietnam Wari
Katherine Gypson
May 25, 2015 1:32 AM
For many US war veterans, the Memorial Day holiday is an opportunity to look back at a divisive conflict in the nation’s history and to remember those who did not make it home.

Video Rolling Thunder Run Reveals Changed Attitudes Towards Vietnam War

For many US war veterans, the Memorial Day holiday is an opportunity to look back at a divisive conflict in the nation’s history and to remember those who did not make it home.

Video Female American Soldiers: Healing Through Filmmaking

According to the United States Defense Department, there are more than 200-thousand women serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.  Like their male counterparts, females have experiences that can be very traumatic.  VOA's Bernard Shusman tells us about a program that is helping some American women in the military heal through filmmaking.

Video Iowa Family's Sacrifice Shaped US Military Service for Generations

Few places in America have experienced war like Waterloo. This small town in the Midwest state of Iowa became famous during World War II not for what it accomplished, but what it lost. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, the legacy of one family’s sacrifice is still a reminder today of the real cost of war for all families on the homefront.

Video On Film: How Dance Defies Iran's Political Oppression

'Desert Dancer' by filmmaker Richard Raymond is based on the true story of a group of young Iranians, who form an underground dance troupe in the Islamic Republic of Iran. This is the latest in a genre of films that focus on dance as a form of freedom of expression against political oppression and social injustice. VOA’s Penelope Poulou has more.

Video Turkey's Ruling Party Trying to Lure Voters in Opposition Stronghold

Turkey’s AK (Justice and Development) Party is seeking a fourth successive general election victory, with the goal of securing two-thirds of the seats in Parliament to rewrite the constitution and change the country's parliamentary system into a presidential one. To achieve that, the party will need to win seats in opposition strongholds like the western city of Izmir. Dorian Jones reports.

Video Millions Flock to Ethiopia Polls

Millions of Ethiopians cast their votes Sunday in the first national election since the 2012 death of longtime leader Meles Zenawi. Mr. Meles' party, the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front, is almost certain of victory again. VOA's Anita Powell reports from Addis Ababa.

Video Scientists Testing Space Propulsion by Light

Can the sun - the heart of our solar system - power a spacecraft to the edge of our solar system? The answer may come from a just-launched small satellite designed to test the efficiency of solar sail propulsion. Once deployed, its large sail will catch the so-called solar wind and slowly reach what scientists hope to be substantial speed. VOA’s George Putic reports.

Video FIFA Trains Somali Referees

As stability returns to the once lawless nation of Somalia, the world football governing body, FIFA, is helping to rebuild the country’s sport sector by training referees as well as its young footballers. Abdulaziz Billow has more from Mogadishu.

Video With US Child Obesity Rates on the Rise, Program Promotes Health Eating

In its fifth year, FoodCorps puts more than 180 young Americans into 500 schools across the United States, where they focus on teaching students about nutrition, engaging them with hands-on activities, and improving their access to healthy foods whether in the cafeteria or the greater community. Aru Pande has more.

Video Virginia Neighborhood Draws People to Nostalgic Main Street

In the U.S., people used to grow up in small towns with a main street lined by family-owned shops and restaurants. Today, however, many main streets are worn down and empty because shoppers have been lured away by shopping malls. But in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia, main street is thriving. VOA’s Deborah Block reports it has a nostalgic feel with its small restaurants and unique stores.

VOA Blogs