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President Musharraf discusses state of U.S. - Pakistan Relations

July 19, 2011

For the second time in three weeks, the Council for World Jewry has provided a forum to former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf to discuss with key U.S. foreign policy experts the troubled relationship and challenges faced by the United States and Pakistan.


President Musharraf

Photographed: Jack Rosen, former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, Ronald Lauder

"I've known President Musharraf for many years," said Council Chairman Jack Rosen. "There aren’t many people who know as much as him about the critical issues of fighting terrorists and political extremism in that part of the world. His presentation today was very straightforward and direct, and his perspective is extremely valuable as the U.S. struggles to understand and deal with the many problems in Pakistan and the region."

The Council on Tuesday hosted a lunch bringing together Council members along with other New York leaders such as Mort Zuckerman and Ron Lauder.

Two weeks ago, the Council hosted a similar lunch in Washington, affording members of Congress the opportunity for an intimate exchange of ideas. Along with members of the U.S. Senate, several senior members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee participated in the event.

"We are pleased to bring together President Musharraf with these key actors, from members of congress to the foreign policy community in New York," Rosen said. "It's no secret that President Musharraf may be controversial in some quarters, but from my perspective, he is one of the few Muslim leaders who has never shied away from wanting to enhance friendly relations between Pakistan and the U.S., who has stood up to terrorists, and who has refused to play the anti-Israel card."

"I appreciate Jack Rosen and the Council’s hospitality in putting together today’s lunch," said President Musharraf. "The Council's work is very important, not only here in the U.S. but for the future of Israelis and Palestinians."



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