Pakhtunkhwa Times

US State Department Defends War On Terror

Posted in 1 by ppfcanada on April 7, 2009

Monitoring Desk

ISLAMABAD: The US State Department has defended its war on terror policy and said that Washington has to make tough decisions to protect American lives in the region.

Commenting on the summoning of US ambassador to Pakistan by the Foreign Office in connection with the US drone attacks in tribal areas, the State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said the call-in of the U.S. envoy was not an unusual occurrence and that overall U.S.-Pakistan cooperation in fighting violent extremists has been very good.

He said President Bush and his administration have had to make a lot of tough decisions to protect American lives in the anti-terrorism fight, adding that it will be no different for the next U.S. president elected next week.

McCormack said he believes Pakistani authorities know it is in their best interests to address the threat from violent extremists, whose agenda he said is as much a danger to Pakistan as the United States.

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