12 Jan '11, 2pm

#Biden to #Pakistan: "We are not the enemy of #Islam & we embrace those who practice that great #religion..."

ISLAMABAD: US Vice President Joe Biden delivered a bold message of support for key anti-terror ally Pakistan during a trip to Islamabad Wednesday, telling the country that America is "not the enemy of Islam". Biden spoke following talks with President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani that were expected to raise America's wish to see Pakistan do more to eradicate Al-Qaeda and Taliban living on its remote border. In a joint press conference with Gilani, Biden said the discussions had been "extremely useful" before he turned to address anti-American sentiment, fanned by the ongoing war in Afghanistan and a covert US drone campaign on the border. "There are... some sections in Pakistani society and elsewhere that suggest America disrespects Islam and its followers," Biden told reporters at the prime minister's residence. "We are not the enemies of Islam a...

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