Pakistani President Ali Asif Zardari vowed on Wednesday to work with Afghan President Hamid Karzai to defeat terrorism amid growing US fears for the stability of the regional neighbors.
"We stand with our brother Karzai and the people of Afghanistan against this common threat, this menace, which I have called a cancer," Zardari said in a trilateral meeting with his Afghan counterpart and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
He said Pakistan bore a "huge burden" in fighting both the Taliban and Al-Qaeda, but added "we are up to the challenge because we are the democracy and democracy is the only cure to this challenge."
Pakistani democracy will deliver, the terrorists will be defeated by our joint struggle. And here, me, my friend President Karzai, and the United States will show the world that we will stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the world to fight this cancer, he said.
Clinton, Holbrooke hold talks with Pak Prez US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her top envoy Richard Holbrooke held an unscheduled meeting early Wednesday with Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, a Pakistani official said.
The official told reporters that the three discussed the strategy to defeat a nearly two-year Taliban insurgency.