Bush and new Pakistan president to meet during UN General Assembly

September 18, 2008 18:50

The United States said on Thursday that President George W. Bush will meet with Asif Ali Zardari, Pakistan's new president in New York during the UN General Assembly next week. The meeting comes amid a surge in cross-border operations by US forces that strained the countries' seven-year anti-terrorism alliance. Washington has long been worried about Taliban and al-Qaida militants' use of Pakistan's lawless tribal regions near the Afghan border as bases to plan attacks on American and forces in Afghanistan. Pakistan has insisted it was doing all it could. It said unilateral attacks would simply deepen tribal sympathy for militants.

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