Chicago: NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has urged Islamabad to back efforts to stabilise Afghanistan, as he prepared for talks with Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari, on the eve of the NATO summit in Chicago.
"We can`t solve the problems in Afghanistan without the positive engagement of Pakistan," The Nation quoted Rasmussen, as saying.
"We have to solve these problems," he added, referring to the ``safe havens`` used by insurgents in Pakistan to launch attacks on NATO troops across the border.
When he meets with Zardari later, Rasmussen said he would "convey a couple of clear messages”, which he did not elaborate.
US President Barack Obama will host fellow leaders for two days of talks focused on plans to gradually hand over security control to Afghan forces and pave the way for the withdrawal of 130,000 foreign combat troops by late 2014.