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'End drone strikes', Pakistan's Prime Minister tells Obama

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'End drone strikes', Pakistan's Prime Minister tells Obama


Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was in Washington to meet US President Barack Obama for the first time since taking office.

Amongst the discussions between the two leaders was the issue of drone strikes which has strained relations between the two countries.

“Pakistan and the United States have a strong ongoing counter-terrorism cooperation,” noted Mr Sharif continuing, “we have agreed to further strengthen this cooperation. I also brought up the issue of drones in our meeting, emphasizing the need for an end to such strikes.”

President Obama noted that tensions existed between the two countries, but hoped they could work out their differences.

“I’m optimistic we can continue to make important strides in moving forward because both the Pakistani people and the American people have suffered terribly from terrorism in the past.”

In an effort to bolster relations, Obama has called on Congress to release 1.1 billion euros in aid for Pakistan.

However, the use of armed drones to target terrorist suspects on Pakistani soil continues to plague the leaders, as accusations fly over deaths of civilians breaking international law.

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