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Musharraf, Bush talk about situation in Pakistan
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08:45, November 09, 2007

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Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf has told U.S. President George W. Bush that he is committed to full democracy and civilian rule in Pakistan as promised, said the Pakistani foreign ministry in a statement Thursday.

Bush telephoned Musharraf late Wednesday night and spoke about the current situation in Pakistan, the statement said.

Musharraf said that in fact the objective of the temporary emergency was to preserve progress towards transition to full democracy in addition to preventing political instability and reversal of economic growth achieved by eight years of his government as well as maintaining effective campaign against extremism and terrorism, according to the statement.

"President Bush showed understanding when the president informed him about the difficult circumstances that led to the proclamation of emergency in the country," it said.

The statement said that Bush mentioned about U.S. concerns over return to civilian democratic rule and early elections as originally planned by the president.

"President Bush praised President Musharraf's leadership and Pakistan's critical role in fighting terrorism and extremism which posed a grave challenge not only to Pakistan but to the world," it said.

Source: Xinhua

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