| GEO World|
| Obama seeks Pak-Afghan partnership to destroy al-Qaeda|
| Updated at: 1153 PST, Saturday, June 26, 2010|
WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama has said the change in United States (US) military command in Afghanistan will not affect his government’s resolve to dismantle al-Qaeda and reaffirmed the US desire for an effective partnership with Pakistan and Afghanistan towards that end.
Obama said, ”Washington needs a stable Afghan government to carry out its mission of destroying the militant organization that killed 3000 Americans on September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks”.
“Our mission, first and foremost, is to dismantle and destroy al-Qaeda and its affiliates so that they can’t attack the United States. The reason we’re there in the first place is because 3,000 Americans were killed from an attack launched in that region. We are not going to have that repeated,” he said.
“In order to achieve that, we have to make sure that we have a stable Afghan government, and we also have to make sure that we’ve got a Pakistani government that is working effectively with us to dismantle these networks,” he stated in a joint press conference with visiting Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.