US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld met in Pakistan Wednesday with President Pervez Musharraf, a key US ally in the war on terrorism. Pakistani officials say the two men discussed the war on terror and other bilateral and defense-related issues (during their meeting in the city of Rawalpindi). The Bush administration recently announced plans to sell F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan, ending a 15-year ban.
Earlier Wednesday, Mr. Rumsfeld met Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Kabul to discuss security and the future of US forces in the country. Mr. Karzai told reporters he wants his country to have a long-term security relationship with the United States, but did not say if this would include a permanent US military base in Afghanistan.