Sen. Obama’s statement on President Musharraf’s announcement of resignation

President MusharrafSenator Obama issued the following statement on President Musharraf’s decision to step down as president of Pakistan

CHICAGO,IL (RUSHPRNEWS)August 18, 2008–Senator Obama issued the following statement on President Musharraf’s decision to step down as president of Pakistan: “President Musharraf has made the right decision to step down as President of Pakistan. It is in the interests of his country and the Pakistani people to end the political crisis that has immobilized the coalition government for too long.

I have long said that the central terrorist threat to the United States lies in northwest Pakistan and Afghanistan, and not Iraq. US policy must focus on assuring that all elements of Pakistan’s government are resolute in shutting down the safe havens for al Qaeda and the Taliban. There can be no safehaven for terrorists who threaten the American people.

“A year ago, I advocated that the US move from a ‘Musharraf policy’ to a ‘Pakistan policy.’ I hope all of Pakistan’s friends will now seize the opportunity created by Musharraf’s exit to focus on the urgent issues of today: confronting the threat of extremist violence, dealing with food and energy shortages, and helping the Pakistani people build a stable, secure, democratic future,” said Senator Obama.

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