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US steps in to ease tempers in Pakistan
March 13, 2009 01:09 IST
United States has stepped up diplomatic efforts to defuse the deepening political crisis in Pakistan, with Special Envoy Richard Holbrooke asking the country's top leadership to resolve differences with the PML-N so that they could focus on the war against militancy.
Official sources were quoted by television news channels as saying that Holbrooke had expressed concern over the political crisis during his conversation with Zardari. He called for the resumption of dialogue to end the crisis, the sources said.
Zardari said the ruling Pakistan People's Party is following the democratic path and showing flexibility while the other parties were non-cooperative.
An official statement issued by presidential spokesman Farhatullah Babar said there was a triangular telephonic conference tonight between Zardari, Holbrooke and US Ambassador [Images] Anne Petterson.
"A host of issues of mutual interest to both Pakistan and the US came under discussion in the teleconference that lasted for about 30 minutes," the statement said.
A separate statement issued by Babar said British Foreign Secretary David Miliband too telephoned Zardari to discuss a "host of issues of mutual interest".
The Prime Minister's House issued a release that said Holbrooke called Gilani and discussed "matters of mutual interest".