Zardari takes up anti-Islam film row in meeting with Clinton

Last Updated: Tue, Sep 25, 2012 08:37 hrs

New York: Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has taken up the issue of the anti-Islam film with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, saying that Pakistanis are deeply dismayed by the film.

"One or two insane persons should not be allowed to endanger world peace in the garb of freedom of expression," The Express Tribune quoted Zardari, as saying in an hour-long meeting on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly session.

Clinton thanked Zardari for Pakistan's handling of several days of violent anti-U.S. protests.

Pakistan has been rocked by days of violent protests in its major cities as demonstrations have swept Muslim countries in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia over the anti-Islam film.

Friday's protests in Pakistan left 21 dead, and more than 200 injured as police fought back to disperse crowds around U.S. diplomatic missions.

According to a statement issued by the Pakistan Embassy in Washington, the two leaders discussed the situation in Afghanistan.

"The president assured Secretary Clinton that Pakistan was prepared to do everything in its power to help an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led reconciliation process in Afghanistan. He also conveyed that peace and stability in Pakistan were tied to peace and stability in Afghanistan," the statement said.

The two leaders also discussed the Pak-U.S. relationship.

"We should build on the positive momentum," Zardari said. He thanked Clinton for U.S.' assistance to Pakistan, and called for focusing on larger projects, and greater access for Pakistani products to the U.S. market. (ANI)

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