US praises Pakistan's role in fight on terror

US Assistant Secretary of State Richard Boucher praised Pakistan's efforts at fighting terrorism Wednesday and reaffirmed Washington's desire to develop long-term strategic relations with Islamabad, the Foreign Ministry said. Boucher held talks with Pakistani Foreign Minister Khursheed Kasuri in the capital Wednesday, and was due to meet President Gen. Pervez Musharraf before leaving the next day. At his meeting with Kasuri, Boucher said he "appreciated the contribution and sacrifices made by Pakistan ... in fighting extremism and terrorism," the ministry said in a statement.