Saturday, June 11, 2011
Islamabad : The CIA Director Leon Panetta made an unannounced visit to Pakistan on Friday, being his first visit to the country since al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden was shot dead in Abbottabad.
An official has told Reuters on condition of anonymity that Panetta will reiterate the message of the US intention to continue cooperation with Islamabad.
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan told CIA Director Leon Panetta that they need no US soldiers on the ground despite his concern about a reduction of US troops allowed in the country, Pakistani military officials.
“He (Panetta) expressed concerns over the reduction of trainers and operatives. We told him very clearly ‘no boots on our soil is acceptable’,” said the Pakistani military official.
Damascus : Syria has warned the United Nations that a European draft resolution condemning the country for its deadly crackdown on anti-government protesters would only embolden "extremists and terrorists".
"It is important that the Security Council should not intervene in the internal affairs of Syria, which is a founding member of the United Nations," Syrian foreign minister Walid al-Moualem told the UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon in a letter obtained by Reuters news agency on Friday.