New York, Sep 24: US President George Bush has said that his country was ready to extend help to Pakistan to protect its sovereignty, and that Washington looked forward to 'deepening our relationship' with its long term anti-terror ally.
Bush said while jointly appearing along with his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari before the two attended the UN General Assembly session. "Your words have been very strong about Pakistan's sovereign right and sovereign duty to protect your country, and the United States wants to help," the Daily Times quoted him as saying in New York. Bush added: "Pakistan is an ally, and I look forward to deepening our relationship. We'll be discussing, of course, how to help spread prosperity. We want our friends around the world to be making a good living. We want there to be economic prosperity and we can work together, and of course we'll be talking about security."
On the occasion, Zardari thanked the US President for all that his country had done for the establishment of democracy in Pakistan and expressed his determination to carry forward the process.
"Democracy has come full circle and it's been the help of all the friends around the world and we are thankful to the world for helping democracy," he added.