Obama alive to Pakistani security concerns; supports democratic development: Kaira

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama has assured Islamabad of US commitment to economic and democratic development of Pakistan and said he is alive to the country’s regional security concerns, Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira said.Briefing journalists after a Pakistani delegation’s 50-minute meeting with the US leader, the federal information minister and Ambassador Husain Haqqani said Obama recalled his long association with Pakistan.Obama said the US wants stability in Pakistan and has no evil designs toward the country. Obama said US does not want to see Pakistan weakened militarily and economically.The US president said he would pay a visit to Pakistan and also extended an invitation to President Asif Ali Zardari to visit Washington, the Pakistani officials said. Obama also voiced his support for stability of Pakistan’s democratic institutions.
Obama said he considers US-Pakistan strategic dialogue process as very important and  wishes to see benefits of this partnership on the lives of Pakistani people.
During the meeting with Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Defense Minister Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar, Finance Minister Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh and Army Chief Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, Obama also assured the delgation of further US support for Pakistan’s flood recovery efforts.In answer to a question, Information Minister Kaira said Pakistan is more concerned about terrorism as it is the biggest victim of the menace – App