NEW YORK: The White House has said Vice President Joseph Biden and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif vowed the “enormous” common interests the U.S. and Pakistan share, when the two leaders met on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.
“The leaders affirmed the enormous common interests that the United States and Pakistan share and the importance of continuing to combat terrorism together and expand trade and energy cooperation,” a read out of the meeting, released by the White House said.
The Vice President affirmed that America “stands by a democratic Pakistan and will continue to support its growth and prosperity.”
The leaders welcomed the agreement reached among Afghan leaders on a unity government and affirmed “support for a sovereign Afghanistan and a stable and peaceful region,” the statement said.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif updated the Vice President on Pakistan’s military operations in North Waziristan and affirmed their importance.”
The leaders acknowledged that Pakistani civilians have suffered tragic losses at the hands of violent extremists who exploit that area. Prime Minister Sharif thanked the Vice President for U.S. assistance, including expansion of Pakistan’s hydroelectric capacity.