Islamabad, October 9: Pakistan Prime Minister waz Sharif has expressed optimism about winning US support against India during his meeting with President Barrack Obama on October 22, the media reported on Friday. The English daily The tion cited the Pakistan foreign ministry as saying that the meeting will give Sharif a chance to rebut India’s claims that Islamabad was disturbing regiol peace and sponsoring terrorism. At a meeting on Thursday with Advisor on tiol Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Tariq Fatemi and Fince Minister Ishaq Dar, Sharif had expressed confidence that his upcoming visit to the US will improve relationship between the two countries.
The Sharif-Obama meeting was intended to “advance our mutual interests and address areas of concern, particularly terrorist and militant attacks emating from Pakistani soil”, The tion cited a US tiol Security Council statement as saying. The US and India have agreed to deepen cooperation in fighting terrorism and asked Pakistan to bring to justice the 2008 Mumbai attack perpetrators. While addressing the UN General Assembly, Sharif had proposed a four-point “new peace initiative” calling for demilitarising Kashmir and the Siachen heights, and formalising the 2003 ceasefire. In response, India said Pakistan “must stop supporting terrorism” before bilateral talks can be held. (IANS)