President Obama shows signs of frustration with Pakistan
David S. Cloud and Kathleen HennesseyA growing diplomatic dispute over Pakistan's refusal to reopen supply routes for U.S. and other troops in Afghanistan threatened to overshadow President Barack Obama's efforts on the last day of the NATO summit to finalize plans for ending the unpopular war.
In remarks Monday to more than 50 world leaders, Obama made clear his frustration over what the administration views as Pakistani intransigence by publicly thanking Russia and other Central Asian countries for providing “critical transit” of war supplies into Afghanistan in the six months since Pakistan closed its ground routes after U.S. airstrikes that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.
Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari sat a few feet away, but Obama pointedly did not mention Pakistan and initially refused to meet him one-on-one, part of a campaign aimed at persuading Islamabad to abandon its demands for a formal apology and for steeply higher payments to resume the shipments.
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"President Obama shows signs of frustration with Pakistan", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), mai 2012. Consulté le 05/12/2023. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/president-obama-shows-signs-of-frustration-with-pakistan