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Obama, Zardari and Karzai resolve to strengthen their ties

world Updated: May 09, 2009 13:13 IST

US President Barack Obama and his Afghan and Pakistan counterparts Hamid Karzai and Asif Ali Zardari respectively have resolved to strengthen the strategic partnership between the three countries and reaffirmed their commitments to combat the menace of extremism and terrorism.

"The three countries resolved to strengthen their strategic partnership based on a shared commitment toward promoting enduring peace, security, stability and economic cooperation in Afghanistan and Pakistan," the US State Department said on Saturday, a day after the second tri-lateral meeting of the three countries concluded in Washington.

The three countries also expressed a shared desire to deepen the strategic dialogue between Afghanistan and Pakistan and to continue the trilateral talks. The US also reaffirmed its strong commitment to the strategic partnerships at the bilateral level with both Pakistan and Afghanistan, the State Department said.

While the US reiterated its strong support for stability and security of the two countries, Islamabad and Kabul on the other hand agreed to continue the cross-border Jirga process so as to build consensus on matters of mutual interest.