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US Offers Support for New Pakistani Government

  • VOA News

A top US envoy says the United States is ready to give Pakistan's newly elected government its full support in fighting terrorism and moving toward democracy.

US Assistant Secretary of State Richard Boucher said on Friday that the United States wants to partner with Pakistan as that country lays out plans for its future.

Boucher and Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte visited Pakistan this week to meet with President Pervez Musharraf and parliament's newly elected leaders. The U.S. leaders arrived just as Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani took the oath of office.

Negroponte has dismissed suggestions that his visit to Pakistan is aimed at dictating anti-terrorism policies to the new government.

The timing of the visit has outraged many Pakistanis. Local newspaper editorials have said top U.S. envoys should not be visiting the country while its new leaders are still working out their policies.

The Bush administration's policy towards Pakistan has relied heavily on its relationship with President Musharraf, whose powers have waned since his allies were soundly defeated in last month's parliamentary elections.

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