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No problem with Pakistan Govt: US

The US says it does not have any problem with the Pak Govt and stresses that fighting terrorism is not the only issue in the relationship between the two sides.
By HT Correspondent | PTI, Washington
UPDATED ON JUL 19, 2008 11:30 AM IST

The United States has said it does not have any problem with the Pakistani government and stressed that fighting terrorism is not the only issue in the relationship between the two countries.

"I don't think we've had any problem dealing with the Pakistani government over the past several years, no matter who is sitting in what chair. We continue to have contact with President Musharraf, as we do with other members of the government, including the prime minister, as is evidenced by his upcoming trip here in about 10 days," State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said in Washington on Thursday.

He said, "We have a very good relationship with Pakistan. It is a broad, deep relationship. We're looking to broaden and deepen it."

"There are issues related to, for example, security and fighting terrorism that we're working intensively with this government. I think Admiral Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was recently in Pakistan, and I think he met with several members of the government. He met with the military. He met with civilian leadership. And he also met with President Musharraf as well," he said.

He also said the United States is working with Pakistan and Afghanistan to work through the issues on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.

"It's a tough problem controlling that border. And there are issues on the Pakistani side; there are issues on the Afghan side. And we are helping both sides work through those issues. And I would expect that the communications between Afghanistan and the Pakistan will also continue," McCormack added.

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