Zardari welcomes US help in improving Indo-Pak ties
Seeking a better relationship with India after the general elections in the neighbouring country, Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari has said that he would welcome any American help in improving Indo-Pak ties.world Updated: May 08, 2009 09:24 IST
Observing that he is looking forward to a better relationship with India after the general elections in the neighbouring country, the visiting Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari has said that he would welcome any American help in improving Indo-Pak ties."I'm looking forward to a relationship with India after the elections," Zardari told reporters in response to a question at Capitol Hill press availability after his meetings with the leaders of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee along with his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai.
"I know they are busy at the moment. Democracies are always willing to work with democracies. I'm hoping for better relations," Zardari said. Karzai and Senator John Kerry, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee along with its Ranking Member, Senator Richard Lugar, flanked him.
"If our American friends can help us, they're welcome to," Zardari said responding to the question.
In his interview early this week with the CNN, Zardari had asserted that there has never been a war between the two countries whenever there has been a democratic government in his country and said that he would start fresh dialogue with India once elections are over.
Zardari is in the US to attend the trilateral meeting with the US and Afghanistan. The two-day meeting concluded today. The presidents of three countries at a White House meeting on Wednesday had pledged to work together to "defeat" Al Qaeda and the Taliban from the region.