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No Indian hand in refusing drone tech to Pak: US

August 27, 2009 12:49 IST
The United States has rejected claims that it was under pressure from India not to provide drone technology to Pakistan.

Speaking at the Pentagon, United States Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defence for Pakistan and Afghanistan, David Sedney, said reports about Indian interference were nothing but 'misperceptions' being propagated by the Pakistani media.

When asked whether Washington would provide drone technology to Islamabad in the near future, Sedney said both countries are engaged in expanding cooperation regarding military supplies and technology transfer, adding it was difficult for him to discuss it openly.

"I can tell you that cooperation between the two countries is increasing on the issue of technology transfer," he said.

Responding to a query, Sedney said the US is working 'very hard' provide to Pakistani security forces with whatevever they need to fight the Al Qaeda and other extremist organization.

"The US and Pakistan shared a common goal of destroying Al Qaeda, which was out at the Pak-Afghan border trying to create another 9/11-like catastrophe," The Daily Times quoted Sedney as saying.

When asked why the Obama administration was pushing Pakistan to focus more on its western border rather than considering the threat from India as its prime concern, he said it was not his 'job' to tell Pakistanis what to believe or not believe.

Source: ANI