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Bush Announces $3 Billion Aid Package for Pakistan
VOA News
24 Jun 2003, 16:55 UTC

U.S. President George W. Bush says he will work with Congress to assemble a $3 billion aid package for Pakistan, a key U.S. ally in the war on terrorism.

He announced the aid package at a joint news conference after his talks Tuesday with visiting Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf at Camp David, the presidential retreat near Washington.

Mr. Bush also announced a trade and investment agreement between the two countries, which he said would create a formal structure for expanding economic partnership.

Mr. Bush said both Pakistan and the United States are threatened by global terrorism, and that they are determined to defeat it. He praised General Musharraf's courage in fighting terrorism in his own country and the region. He said Pakistan so far has captured 500 al-Qaida and Taleban operatives and continues its hunt for them.

General Musharraf said his government is making extraordinary efforts to track down al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden and his operatives. He said he has sent his troops to the autonomous tribal border areas that have not been entered by the army since the creation of Pakistan in 1947.

When asked about democracy in Pakistan, the general said so far Pakistan has had what he called a "dysfunctional" democracy. He said he is trying to establish a "sustainable" democracy in the country, a claim rejected by his political opposition in Pakistan.

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