US ready to review new screening policy: Holbrooke

LAHORE: US Envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, Richard Holbrook, said that the United States is ready to review the new screening regime instituted at US airports.

He was speaking to the President of Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari, at the Governor’s House in Lahore on Friday.

President Zardari said that the United States’ policy of conducting secret drone attacks against militants on Pakistani soil will undermine national consensus on the war against terror.

Richard Holbrooke said that the purpose of his visit was to refocus US policy on the region and to gather support for Pakistan. He appreciated the role Pakistan is playing against global militancy and assured full support in its efforts.

The envoy assured president Zardari of the immediate release of $349 million due as part of the Coalition Support Fund and $125 million for the Tarbela Power Plant upgrade process.

President Zardari stressed the need for basing partnership between the two countries on mutual respect, trust and interest.

The President also called for allowing greater market access to Pakistani goods in the US and European markets.

The president said that democratic stability in the country is dependent upon the development agenda and that a plan was needed to overcome local economic problems.

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