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Speech by Pakistan's President Musharraf

Secretary Colin L. Powell
Washington, DC
January 12, 2002

I welcome President Musharraf's speech.  He has taken a bold and principled stand to set Pakistan squarely against terrorism and extremism both in and outside of Pakistan. 

The United States applauds the banning of Jaish-e-Mohammed and Lashkar-e-Tayyiba and welcomes President Musharraf's explicit statements against terrorism and particularly notes his pledge that Pakistan will not tolerate terrorism under any pretext, including Kashmir.

President Musharraf's offer to Prime Minister Vajpayee to solve their differences through dialogue is encouraging.  This speech reconfirms Pakistan's role as a front-line state in the war against global terrorism.

In light of the speech and the strong actions that President Musharraf has taken so far and the new actions to which he has committed his country, the United States believes the basis exists for the resolution of tensions between India and Pakistan through diplomatic and peaceful means.



Released on January 12, 2002

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