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Obama links Pak aid to terrorism
Published on 22 Jan. 2009 1:56 AM IST
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The new Obama administration has served notice to Pakistan that it will hold Islamabad accountable for security in the border region with Afghanistan even while it increases non-military aid to its ally in the fight against terror. Announcing its foreign policy on the White House website soon after it took over at one minute past noon Tuesday, the administration said President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden “will renew America’s security and standing in the world through a new era of American leadership”. The Obama-Biden foreign policy will end the war in Iraq responsibly, finish the fight against the Taliban and Al Qaeda in Afghanistan, secure nuclear weapons and loose nuclear materials from terrorists, and renew American diplomacy to support strong alliances and to seek a lasting peace in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it said. “Obama and Biden will increase non-military aid to Pakistan and hold them accountable for security in the border region with Afghanistan,” it said. In Afghanistan, they “will refocus American resources on the greatest threat to our security - the resurgence of Al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan”.

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