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Zardari-Rasmussen meeting on Monday

The meeting between President Asif Ali Zardari and NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen, which was delayed due to delayed arrival of the flight of President Zardari, will now be held on Monday.
“This cancellation was due to a scheduling problem,” said NATO spokeswoman Carmen Romero, on the eve of a two-day NATO summit being held in Chicago.
“Mr Zardari’s plane was delayed” which meant the talks with the NATO secretary general could not go ahead as planned, she said.
She added that a bilateral meeting could still be held between the two men before the summit ends on Monday.
Meanwhile, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen says the Alliance cannot solve the problems in Afghanistan without the positive engagement of Pakistan.
Speaking at a Policy Forum in Chicago before the summit‚ he said NATO is looking forward to work with Pakistan to solve the problems.
He said during his meeting with Pakistani President Asif Zardari‚ he will discuss the matter with him.
Earlier, presidential spokesman, Farhatullah Babar said Pakistani and NATO officials were working to reschedule the meeting.
The president and NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen are in Chicago for the Alliance’s summit, which seeks international support for Afghanistan beyond 2014, when the US-led forces plan to end their combat mission in the country.
Babar said Zardari would hold meetings with world leaders on bilateral and regional issues, especially peace and security in Afghanistan and the region.
Rasmussen had extended an unconditional invitation to him to attend the summit.
Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar and Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani are part of the delegation to assist the President during the summit.
Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States Sherry Rehman is already in Chicago, spearheading diplomatic efforts ahead of the summit.



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  1. SGYKhan said:

    What would we give to see Rasmessen throw this gutter scum in the jail or drop him off at some remote part of Afghanistan. Please dont let him come back…

    • Anon said:

      Admit that Pakistan is not dealing from any strength this time. Pakistan's policy decisions are beginning to backfire. And this was bound to happen. Zardari is jut a pawn in the game — someone from the civilian side to wear the collar …

      Have you ever wondered, why Kayani is totally absent from this go of NATO? In the past, on every meet, he was always at the forefront. Can we say that Pakistan's military picks and chooses the event carefully to manage their public face …

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