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Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif met with President Obama for two hours late Wednesday, their first meeting since Sharif’s re-election. The center of discussion: Drone Strikes. 

During his first visit to the U.S. since his re-election, Sharif has been critical of American drone strikes, which has lead to killing of innocent people in Pakistan’s Northwest Province, where most the strikes are targeted. The strikes are creating domestic pressure on the Pakistani government to do more to end the strikes, which is also leading to a growing anti-American sentiment.

The relationship between the U.S. and Pakistan reached a low point in 2011, after the killing of Osama bin Laden.  However, improvements in relations are now more evident. Pakistan re-opened U.S. supply lines out of Afghanistan and the Americans released military and economic aid which was suspend in 2011.

Obama called the relations between the two nations “a challenge.” But he says that can also be a source of “strength.”  Washington has, however, given Sharif a warm welcome since arriving on Sunday. Sharif has met with both Vice President Biden and Secretary of State Kerry. 

Sharif called on the U.S. to help resolve the dispute over the state of Kashmir between Pakistan and India. But U.S. officials said they will not get involved in the decades long dispute. American officials say the issue needs to resolved bilaterally between India and Pakistan.


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