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Obama To Meet Pakistani President In October

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (file photo)
U.S. President Barack Obama will meet Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in late October.

White House Spokesman Jay said on September 26 that the two leaders will talk about extremism and security on October 23.

In a statement he said that Obama "looks forward to discussions with Prime Minister Sharif on ways we can advance our shared interest of a stable, secure, and prosperous Pakistan."

Sharif's visit to Washington was announced on the eve of Obama's meeting with the Indian Premier, Manmohan Singh on September 27.

Attacks by Islamic militants have grown in Pakistan after Sharif assumed office in June.

In recent years, relations between Washington and Islamabad have been strained by the U.S. military effort that killed Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan in 2011 and U.S. drone strikes along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.

Based on reporting by AFP and AP