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US ready to work with new Govt in Pak

world Updated: Mar 12, 2008 09:14 IST
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The United States has said that it is looking forward to work with the new government in Pakistan after its formation and urged it to keep up the fight aganist terrorism.

"We look forward to working with the government once it is formed. There are a number of issues of common interest here. And, certainly, one of the areas that we will focus on is the continuing fight against terrorism, our counter terrorism efforts.

"I know that this is an issue of interest to the government of Pakistan and certainly to the people of that country," State Department Spokesman Sean McCormack said.

McCormack said there will no US involvement in the government formation and it is upto the political leaders of Pakistan to decide who should or should not be included in the government.

"In terms of US involvement, no.. We, of course, are doing our normal diplomatic work. We are in contact with political leaders from across the political spectrum in Pakistan. But, no, the decisions about forming a government and who sits where and who does what, entirely up to the Pakistani political leaders," McCormack said.

The spokesman also said Pakistan has come a long way in fighting terrorism and expressed the hope that the country would continue its support to the United States in its fight against extremists.

Asked about the priorities of Washington in terms of stability and democracy as Pakistan faces many challenges, he said, "... We think stability and democracy go hand-in-hand. We believe that it is vitally important that the Pakistani people have faith in their governing institutions, as well as their government and their political processes.

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