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Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Readout of National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice’s Meetings with Pakistani National Security and Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz at the White House

National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice hosted Pakistani National Security and Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz yesterday for a meeting at the White House.  During the meeting, they reaffirmed both countries’ commitment to strengthening the U.S.-Pakistan relationship and advancing shared interests in a stable, secure, and prosperous Pakistan.  They discussed ways to increase the effectiveness of counterterrorism cooperation, and reiterated the importance of combating extremism and promoting peace and stability throughout the region.  They also reiterated their support for an Afghan-led peace process and acknowledged the importance of advancing Afghan peace and reconciliation.  They discussed ways to deepen and enhance the U.S.-Pakistan partnership based on the common recognition that this partnership is vital to regional and international security and discussed their countries’ shared dedication to nuclear security.  The United States will continue to work with the Government of Pakistan to advance development, promote security, and help create lasting peace and prosperity for all Pakistanis.