ISLAMABAD – Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari on Tuesday vowed to work with neighbors, particularly Afghanistan, after a period of strained relations between the two US allies over Taleban violence.
Zardari’s three children and President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan attended the swearing-in at the Aiwan-e-Sadr (presidential palace) here.
Karzai later held a news conference with Zardari at which both leaders stressed their intention to work together to solve problems, including militant violence. “We shall stand with our neighbors ... and look the problems in the eye and tell the world that we are bigger than the problems,” Zardari said.
Karzai reiterated his call to go after militants in their sanctuaries, whether they be in Pakistan or Afghanistan, and for international forces to avoid civilian casualties, after a spate of such incidents. “The war against terrorism will only be won if we have the people with us. In order to have the people with us we must avoid civilian casualties,” Karzai said.