Pak-US strategic partnership should not be compromised on single issue: President


President Asif Ali Zardari on Wednesday said the strategic partnership between Pakistan and the United States should not be allowed to be sacrificed or compromised by predicating them on any single issue.

He was talking to Senator John Kerry, Chairman of U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee who called on him here at the Aiwan-e-Sadr.Briefing the media about the meeting, Spokesperson to the President Farhatullah Babar said that President Asif Ali Zardari said that Raymond Davis issue was not as simple as it was sometimes being portrayed.

The President said Pakistan wishes an early and amicable resolution of the issue.

The President termed it a complex issue with several dimensions and said  all of these had to be taken into account for an amicable resolution.
He said that the strategic partnership and the mutually cordial relations between the two countries should not be allowed to be sacrificed or compromised by predicating them on any single issue.

The President also said that there was a need to proceed with caution and showing respect for sensitivities and sensibilities of all concerned. He said it was important for the two countries for the sake of mutual trust.

He said the matter was before the court which has also fixed a date for hearing. Pakistan expects that its judicial processes will be respected,  he added.

Senator Kerry was accompanied by US Ambassador Cameron P. Munter and other senior staffers.

Interior Minister Rehman Malik, Minister for Law and Justice Dr. Zaheeruddin Babar Awan, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Ms. Hina Rabbani Khar, Secretary General to the President M. Salman Faruqui, Ms. Farahnaz Isphani, MNA, Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir, and Defence Secretary Syed Athar Ali were present during the meeting.

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