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Stability of Pakistan key to success in the region: US
PTI
Washington, August 13, 2009
First Published: 07:51 IST(13/8/2009)
Last Updated: 07:54 IST(13/8/2009)

Political stability in Islamabad is the key to success of America's effort of bringing peace in Afghanistan-Pakistan region, a top US official said on Thursday.

"Going forward, we will continue to be very focused on Pakistan's stability. But also we will be working to bring Pakistan into our broader region-wide framework for bring peace to Afghanistan," said Vali Nasr, Senior Advisor to the Special Representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan Richard Holbrook, said.

"It is difficult to imagine a country of such vital strategic importance and vital key ally of the United States in that region that faces a more daunting set of problems," he said in a meeting at the Center for American Progress, a Washington-based think tank.

"Pakistan at this critical time as we speak is still struggling to consolidate its transition to democracy at the same time as it has been facing a major Taliban offensive that has engulfed the country's northwest frontier and has set up major refugee crisis in Pakistan," Nasr said.

He observed that Pakistan's economy which was battered by major financial crises has been severely hit by the recent electricity shortage.

Administration is engaged in intense diplomacy right now to create a much more broad-based international support for its development needs, for its security needs and for facing the challenges before it, he said.


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