Bush to Pakistan: U.S. is with you

Aug. 21, 2008 at 3:18 PM
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WASHINGTON, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- U.S. President George Bush called Pakistan's prime minister Thursday to express solidarity and sympathy after two bombings, the White House said.

Twin suicide bombings at Pakistan's main military weapons plant north of Islamabad Thursday killed a reported 70 people and wounded 90 others.

Speaking from Crawford, Texas, White House spokesman Gordon Johndroe said Bush called Pakistani Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gillani and "expressed his sympathies to the people of Pakistan for the recent terrorist attacks that have killed so many innocents there. The president and prime minister reaffirmed their mutual support for going after these extremists that are a threat to both Pakistan, the United States and the entire world."

Bush told Gillani he had spoken with former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, who resigned in the face of an impeachment threat, to wish him well and thank him for the "democratic transition of Pakistan, as well as the fight against al-Qaida and extremist groups."

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