Bush Meets Pakistan Prime Minister Gilani
US President George Bush praised Pakistan's prime minister for being committed to their joint battle against extremists. Appearing upbeat, they sought to publicly ensure their constituencies that the US-Pakistan bond is tight and intact despite tensions between Washington and Islamabad.
Following a private, Oval Office meeting, Bush and Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani talked to reporters gathered on the South Lawn of the White House about what the two leader had discussed .
George W. Bush, United States President said:
"... we talked about the common threat we face: extremists who are very dangerous people. We talked about the need for us to make sure that the Afghan border is secure as best as possible; Pakistan has made a very strong commitment to that."
Bush said both he and Pakistan's prime minister want to prevent the Pakistan-Afghanistan border from becoming a refuge for militants.
Gilani in turn expressed his gratitude.
Yousuf Raza Gilani, Pakistan Prime Minister said:
"And I appreciate what he has said about supporting democracy, supporting sovereignty, looking after the interests and on a lot of other areas, there's a cooperation between us."
For his part, the Gilani said he wants the American people to know that Pakistanis want peace, and want to cooperate with the United States.
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