Visit to France of H.E. Mr. Asif Ali Zardari, President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan: Communique issued by the Presidency of the French Republic
(Paris, May 15, 2009)
The President of the
French Republic, Mr. Nicolas Sarkozy, met today with the President of the
Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Mr. Asif Ali Zardari.
French Head of State has reaffirmed on the occasion of this meeting his support
to democracy in Pakistan. President Sarkozy has informed President Zardari of
his decision to grant a substantial assistance of over 12 million euros to
respond to the grave humanitarian crisis unfolding in the Swat Valley.
Sarkozy emphasized the absolute necessity for Pakistan to pursue its efforts
against Taliban extremism as well as against all the other terrorist groups
threatening its territory and its neighbors and to closely cooperate in this
respect with neighboring countries. In this spirit, the French Head of State
underscored France’s readiness to enhance its cooperation with Pakistan in the
fight against terrorism./.