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Pakistani President Calls for Foreign Support, Not Troops

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Pakistan's president says his country
and neighboring Afghanistan need more support from foreign allies
to win the battle against extremist militias. But he says the two
countries do not need more foreign troops.
President Asif Ali Zardari made the comments on his first
official visit to Afghanistan since taking office.
Zardari says the two countries have the strength to fight
militants along their shared border, with the right kind of
international help. He says the Afghan and Pakistani militaries
"can do the job better and cheaper and easier" than foreign
forces.
The comments come as the Pentagon prepares to send an additional
20,000 American troops into Afghanistan to join the fight against
the Taliban.
For his part, Afghan President Hamid Karzai says there's "a
much better understanding" between the two governments than ever
before.
The two leaders also discussed trade partnerships.


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