Special report: Pakistani
Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf
stands at attention while listening to national anthem during the
swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani (not pictured)
at the President House in Islamabad March 25, 2008.(Xinhua/Reuters
ISLAMABAD, June 2 (Xinhua) -- Pakistani President
Pervez Musharraf on Monday reiterated his firm resolve to fight terrorism as an
U.S. delegation is visiting Islamabad.
Pakistan is firm in its resolve to fight terrorism
and extremism in accordance with its values and national interest, the official
Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) quoted Musharraf as saying while he held
meeting with U.S. Under Secretary for Defense Eric S. Edelman who is heading a
Musharraf said the stable and broad-based
relationship between Pakistan and the United States is in the interest of both
countries and also vital for lasting peace in the region.
Edelman said the U.S. government is committed to
assisting Pakistan government in meeting its legitimate defense needs and
bolstering its capabilities in war on terror.
Edelman stressed for increased collaboration in
training, joint exercises, defense procurement and production, the APP said.
The visit by the U.S. delegation came days after U.S.
President George W. Bush called Musharraf on Friday and reaffirmed his support
for the Pakistani leader.
During the phone call, Bush "looks forward to
President Musharraf's continuing role in further strengthening US-Pakistani
Musharraf has been under pressure as Pakistan's
ruling coalition is seeking to reduce his power or oust Musharraf from power.
Meanwhile, the new government's strategy to negotiate with local militants also
upset the United States.