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Oct 24, 2013 at 08:14am IST

US: Sharif meets Obama; drone strikes, Kashmir on agenda

Washington: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who met US President Barack Obama on Wednesday brought up the issue of drone strikes again - asking him to end all strikes though he got no assurances. Meanwhile, Kashmir issue, bilateral economic cooperation and regional security was also on the agenda. The White House has assured that it will assist Pakistan in speeding up the nation's economic development and assist in overcoming energy shortages.

While when the meeting, the first between the two leaders, was still underway, a presidential spokesperson said the President would also seek the release of Shakil Afridi, the Pakistani doctor who has been imprisoned on charges of helping the CIA track down al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in 2011.

Obama is also expected to strongly raise the issue of terrorism emanating from Pakistani soil and would stress on the need for Islamabad to cooperate fully on the peace and reconciliation efforts in Afghanistan, as the US prepares to draw down its troops from the country by the end of 2014.

Sharif was accompanied by his National Security Adviser Sartaj Aziz, Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani, who has been appointed as Pakistan's next ambassador to the US; Syed Tariq Fatemi, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar.

(With additional information from PTI)

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