Tuesday, 22 May 2012 16:35
CHICAGO: President Asif Ali Zardari and President Barack Obama have pledged to maintain Pakistan-US ties based on joint goals as well as broader contours of the relationship, Islamabad's ambassador to the United States Sherry Rehman said.
The envoy, briefing reporter hours after the two presidents meeting on the sidelines of expanded ISAF-NATO summit here Monday, said President Zardari told the American leader that Pakistan has a constructive role for peace and stability in Afghanistan.
Pakistan, he said, will be happy to play a facilitating role in NATO and ISAF drawdown as the international community moves to transition in Afghanistan.
President Zardari also said Pakistan is a democracy and the Parliament has set a way forward in the relationship and Islamabad is following its guidelines.
Ambassador Rehman noted that later President Obama, in his remarks to the media, reiterated his support for democracy in Pakistan and joint security goals.
Copyright Reuters, 2012