Washington, DC, United States (4E) – Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif urged President Barack Obama to end U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan during their meeting at the Oval Office of the White House on Wednesday.
Obama, however, did not mention drones in a joint press conference after their meeting. Instead, the president acknowledged the “tensions and occasional misunderstandings” between the two countries in a joint statement.
“We agreed we need to continue to find constructive ways to partner together — ways that respect Pakistani sovereignty, that respect the concerns of both countries,” Obama said. “It’s a challenge. It’s not easy. And we committed to working together and making sure that rather than this being a source of tension between our two countries that it can be a source of strength for us working together in a constructive and respectful way.”
Obama and Sharif held wide-ranging discussions on the last day of the Pakistani leader’s four-day visit to the U.S. The two leaders pledged to continue discussion in expanding bilateral trade and investment between their countries through the Strategic Dialogue. Secretary of State John Kerry will host a ministerial-level dialogue in Washington in March next year.
The two leaders also looked forward to the meeting of the Working Group on Energy in November 2013, followed by a U.S.-organized Pakistani trade mission to Houston, Texas, to meet with major U.S. energy companies.