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Pakistan, US satisfied at joint intelligence force

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, June 10, IRNA -- The US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, and Pakistani Minister, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, have expressed satisfaction over the establishment of Joint Task Force between the respective Intelligence Agencies of the two countries which would facilitate information sharing and coordination.

Clinton called Gilani on Thursday night and informed him that CIA Chief would shortly be visiting Pakistan and hold talks for cooperation in the relevant fields, the Prime Minister’s office said.

Both the leaders expressed determination that Al-Qaeda had to be dismantled, disrupted and defeated for which both countries should work together, a statement said.

The Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani mentioned that it is imperative to make distinction between the Talban and al-Qaeda which would help to overcome the threat, it said.

Hillary Clinton appreciated the Prime Minister that her Deputy Secretary of State Nides who is in charge of foreign economic assistance, would be coming to Pakistan on June 14-15 to hold detailed discussions on economic related matter.

Nides calling on the President, the Prime Minister, would specifically be meeting the Finance Minister Abdul Hafeez Sheikh.

Both the leaders agreed that further in depth discussions and consultations in all the fields between the two countries at appropriate level would continue in order to develop better understanding and cooperation.

They held extensive discussions on Pakistan–US relations and Clinton appreciated Pakistan’s commitment to eradicate terrorism and assured complete US support.

She referred to her last conversation with the Prime Minister on the 6th of June as very good and useful.

The Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani appreciated the understanding of US leadership for creating more political space to help generate positive public opinion and to work together to achieve the common objective of defeating extremism and terrorism.

The Prime Minister informed Clinton that there was complete consensus in Pakistan to work together with the US and other international partners to defeat terrorism in the larger interest of global peace and prosperity.

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