Need to look at Afghanistan,Pakistan together,says Biden

Pakistan and Afghanistan,the two countries from where all major terror strikes including the Mumbai attacks came.....

Written by Press Trust Of India | Washington | Published: March 11, 2009 1:16 am

Pakistan and Afghanistan,the two countries from where all major terror strikes including the Mumbai attacks came,should be dealt with together with a comprehensive approach comprising a strong civilian and diplomatic effort,US Vice President Joseph Biden has said.

Biden,who is in Brussels to consult with NATO allies on the review of the Afghan policies,also said there is a need to set clear and achievable goals in the war against terrorism.

“We need to look at Afghanistan and Pakistan together,because success in one requires progress in the other,” said Biden,according to a transcript made available by the White House.

“The imperative of a comprehensive approach with a strong civilian and diplomatic effort is necessary because we know there is no purely military solution to either Afghanistan or Pakistan,” he said.

Biden said it is very important that the war against terrorists in that part of the world is won,as all major attacks in the world,including 9/11 and Mumbai,has come from the region of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

“None of us can escape the responsibility to meet these threats,” he said,according to a White House pool report.

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