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Musharraf, Negroponte Meet in Islamabad

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte met with Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf at the leader's official residence in Islamabad Thursday.

Pakistan's Foreign Ministry said the men discussed bilateral relations, counter-terrorism and regional issues.

The ministry said General Musharraf told Negroponte that the U.S., particularly the media, needed to better understand Pakistan's anti-terrorism efforts.

During this two-day trip to Pakistan, Negroponte has praised Mr. Musharraf's government as a key ally in the fight against terrorism.

Also Thursday, the U.S. diplomat met with Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz. Details of their talks are not yet available.

Negroponte arrived in Pakistan on Wednesday. He is the former director of national intelligence, the head of all U.S. intelligence agencies. He also served as the U.S. ambassador to Iraq in 2004 and 2005.