Bush Engaged In Long-term Indo-Pak Project
12 February 2003
The Asian Age
Washington DC: US President George W. Bush is engaged in a 'long-term project' of easing Indo-Pak tension and he is committed to work in this direction along with countries like Russia and Britain, a senior American official has said. 'This is going to be a long-term project for this President, for this government,' White House press secretary Ari Fleischer said on Tuesday. 'The President is going to continue at it, along with many other nations that have played very helpful roles, including Russia and England, in reducing tensions between India and Pakistan,' he said. The United States had asked the two countries on Monday to 'restrain rhetoric and actions' that heighten tensions and called for dialogue to resolve differences between them, after the mutual expulsion of diplomats by India and Pakistan. 'Tensions between India and Pakistan remain high. We continue to believe both countries should restrain rhetoric and actions that heighten these tensions,' state department spokesman Richard Boucher had said.