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US to mobilise India, China, others to stabilise Af-Pak

The Obama Administration on Friday said it is working to build "the broadest possible global coalition" comprising countries like India, China and Russia to bring stability to Afghanistan and Pakistan by helping them tackle the extremist threat and meet needs of their people.

world Updated: Jan 22, 2010 14:37 IST

The Obama Administration on Friday said it is working to build "the broadest possible global coalition" comprising countries like India, China and Russia to bring stability to Afghanistan and Pakistan by helping them tackle the extremist threat and meet needs of their people.

"To achieve our objectives in Afghanistan and Pakistan in support of our core goal, we are working to build the broadest possible global coalition to help Afghanistan and Pakistan become more stable and prosperous so that they can withstand the extremist threat and meet the most important needs of their people," said the Office of the Special US Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan.

In a 39-page policy document 'Afghanistan and Pakistan: Regional Stabilisation Strategy', it said this coalition would contribute increased civilian and military resources, pursue efforts to build legitimate trade and economic activity, curb illicit financial flows and provide critical political support.

"Our objectives are shared by the people and governments of Afghanistan and Pakistan and by people around the world, from Europe to Australia, from Russia to China to India, and across the Middle East ... (which) face a common threat from al-Qaeda," said the document, which was released by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton days before the crucial London meet on Afghanistan and Pakistan later this month.

"There are now 43 ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) allies and partners and more than 84,000 US and international troops working together in Afghanistan," it said.