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Pak 'most dangerous country' in world: Albright

world Updated: Jan 31, 2009 14:33 IST

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Identifying Pakistan as the "most dangerous country" in the world, former US Secretary of State Madeline Albright has said that it has everything from nuclear weapons to extremism which gives "an international migraine".

"It has nuclear weapons, extremism, poverty, corruption and a very fragile system and is in a very difficult location," Albright said participating in a panel discussion on 'US Relations with the Muslim World' yesterday.

The discussion was organised by the prestigious Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) here.

"I have said that Pakistan -- you know, every day, some of us are asked, what is the most dangerous country in the world? And for me, Pakistan has won the lottery because it has everything that gives you an international migraine," Albright said.

The former Secretary of State, who served under the Clinton Administration, welcomed the move of new President Barack Obama to appoint Ambassador Richard Holbrooke as the Special US Representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan. This, she said, would help.

However, Albright appreciated efforts of Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari to have a better relationship with the US, particularly when it comes to dealing with the issues related to Afghanistan.

Pakistan, she said, has "a responsibility that it has to help us fulfill in that region."

"They have to understand; try to figure out how their military and ISI and everybody can be helpful so that we aren't in this particular position," Albright said.