| GEO Pakistan|
| President for Pak-US cooperation to eliminate terrorism|
| Updated at: 0658 PST, Thursday, May 20, 2010|
ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari on Wednesday said militancy and terrorism were the common enemies of the United States and Pakistan and it was important that the existing robust cooperation between the two countries continues to fight the menace.
The President was talking to National Security Advisor General James L. Jones and Director of Central Intelligence Agency Leon Panetta here at the President House.
General James Jones was accompanied by Director of Central Intelligence Leon Panetta, U.S. Ambassador Anne Patterson, and other senior officials.
While on the Pakistan side, the meeting was attended by Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir.
A statement issued by the President House said “the productive discussions covered U.S.-Pakistan relations, the security situation in the region, the shared terrorist threat and fight against extremists, and the U.S.-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue.”
General Jones reiterated the United States’ long-term commitment to the strategic partnership with Pakistan, including support for creating economic opportunity for the Pakistani people.
The talks provided an opportunity to review progress on many areas addressed in the recent strategic dialogue held in Washington.
Both sides expressed their commitment to strengthening ties across the broad spectrum of issues between the two countries, including trade, economic growth, and development.
They agreed to continue frequent government-to-government contacts and further senior-level engagement to advance their common interests and provide a better, more secure future for their people.