Bush assures full support to new Pakistan PM

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Islamabad, Mar 26 (UNI) US President George W Bush reiterated Washington's commitment to further strengthening good relations with Pakistan in a telephone conversation with country's new Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani.

''President Bush in his telephonic conversation with the Prime Minister welcomed his election with a large majority,'' an official statement said.

The Prime Minister thanked President Bush and said Pakistan has returned to full democracy where people have pinned great hopes on the elected government.

''These hopes and aspirations devolve a heavy responsibility on everyone in order to meet the people's expectations,'' he said.

''Economic growth, political stability and social development are the major national priorities of the new government,'' Mr Gilani added.

The President assured that the US will continue to support Pakistan and praised the country's role in fighting terrorism, which he said is a threat to both the countries.

President Bush also extended an invitation to the Prime Minister to visit the US at his convenience.

Mr Golanai, while reciprocating the sentiments expressed by Mr Bush, said Pakistan is committed to maintain a long-term and close ties with the US.

He said Pakistan attached great importance to its cooperation with the US in economic, defence and social development sectors.

He also said Pakistan would continue to fight terrorism in all its forms and manifestations since it is in its own national interest.

However, he said a comprehensive approach is required in this regard, specially combining a political approach with development programmes.

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