Gilani asks US to step up defence, intelligence cooperation

Pak`s PM called on the US to enhance defence cooperation and intelligence-sharing with Pakistan.

Islamabad: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza
Gilani on Sunday called on the US to enhance defence cooperation
and intelligence-sharing with Pakistan, saying losing the war
against terrorism was not an option.

Gilani made the remarks during a meeting with the new
US Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter this evening.
He underscored the importance of bridging the trust
deficit between the two countries and the need for "positive
massaging" on bilateral relations.

The US should help build the capacity of Pakistan`s
law enforcement agencies and enhance defence cooperation and
intelligence-sharing to defeat the common enemy, he said.

"Losing this war against terrorism is not an option
and Pakistan expects the US and its allies would also share
the successes and failures in this process," he said.

The Pakistan government is committed to further expand
the strategic partnership with the US, Gilani said.
Despite the havoc caused by unprecedented floods,
Pakistan remained determined to carry on the fight against
terrorism, he added.

Gilani underlined the need for increased
people-to-people exchanges at all levels, particularly
frequent exchanges of parliamentary delegations to address
misperceptions and to create better understanding of each
other’s position and perspective.

He also stressed the need for fast tracking of
financial aid under the Kerry-Lugar-Berman Act, reimbursements
from the Coalition Support Fund and early implementation of
the mutually agreed action plan drawn up by working groups
under the Strategic Dialogue to ease Pakistan’s economic
difficulties.

These measures on the part of the US will be of vital
importance for the "continuous across the board public and
political support for the war against terrorism," Gilani said.

Munter agreed with Gilani on the need to build the
US’s image among the people of Pakistan by strengthening
exchanges and better use of assistance on people-friendly
projects.

He assured Gilani that Pakistan will always be
consulted and taken into confidence over US policies for this
war and Afghanistan.

PTI

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