Special US envoy meets Karzai, Zardari
WASHINGTON (PAN): Special US Envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Rashad Hussain met Afghan President Hamid Karzai and his Pak counterpart Asif Ali Zardari on the sidelines of the just-concluded Summit in Mecca.
Hussain also met leaders of other countries, including Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Senegal and Nigeria. They discussed a number of issues, including Syria, democratic transition in the Middle East and North Africa and US engagement with Muslim communities, the State Department said.
“Hussain’s attendance demonstrates the United States’ commitment to working with our partners in the international community to support the aspirations of the Syrian people and bring additional pressure to bear on the Assad regime,” the State Department said in a statement.
Earlier in the day, State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland stressed on the need to take action against the Haqqani network. “With regard to Haqqani, our position is unchanged which is that we’ve designated a number of the kingpins, and we’re continuing to look at the larger question of designation.”
She said the US continued to be in dialogue with Pakistan on how it could do as much as it could to close down the space for those affiliated with Haqqanis to perpetrate terror. She stressed better co-ordination between the US, Afghanistan and Pakistan on cross-border terrorism.
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