Paris, July 9 (ANI): French President Nicolas Sarkozy has said that it cannot allow nuclear power Pakistan to fall into the hands of the Taliban and other extremist organizations, which have been challenging the writ of the government.
In an interview with France 5 television, Sarkozy warned that international community can not afford to let the Taliban and other extremist groups succeed in their nefarious aims of toppling the Pakistan government to lay their hands on the nuclear armaments.
Sarkozy said he would be visiting Pakistan later this year.
"I will go to Pakistan before the end of the year.
Pakistan is a nuclear power and we cannot allow it to fall into terrorist hands," The Dawn quoted Sarkozy, as saying.
Referring to the US led allied forces military campaign in Afghanistan against Al-Qaeda and the Taliban, where France has deployed its 2,800 troops, he said success against the extremists in Pakistan is the key to success in Afghanistan.
"We will not succeed in Afghanistan if we fail in Pakistan," Sarkozy said.
He highlighted that it was France's interest that Islamabad succeeded against the insurgents.
"France supports the Pakistani authorities. We have launched an in-depth collaboration. It is in our interest that Pakistan succeeds in its struggle against the Taliban," Sarkozy added. (ANI)