미국의 존 네그로폰테 국무부 부장관은’자신의 파키스탄 방문이 파키스탄 정부에 정책을 지시하기 위한 것이라는 일각의 주장을 일축했습니다.

네그로폰테 부장관은 27일 카라치에서  아무런 숨겨진 의제도 갖고 있지 않으며, 파키스탄 정치문제에 개입할 생각도 없다고 밝혔습니다.

네그로폰테 부장관과 리차드 바우처 국무부 차관보는 지난 25일, 유수프 라자 질라니 총리가 취임선서를 하기 직전에 파키스탄에 도착했습니다.

파키스탄 신문들은, 파키스탄의  새 지도자들이  새로운 정책을 조율하는 동안에는 미국 특사들이 파키스탄을 방문해서는 안된다고 말했습니다.

네그로폰테 부장관은 최근 미군이 파키스탄 부족지역의 알-카에다 목표물들에 대한 공습을 강화하고 있다고 한, 워싱턴포스트신문의 보도를 부인했습니다.  

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U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte has rejected accusations that his visit to Pakistan is aimed at dictating policies to the new Pakistani government.

In Karachi today, Negroponte said he has no hidden agenda and no desire to interfere in Pakistan's political arrangements.

He and U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Richard Boucher arrived in Pakistan Tuesday, shortly before Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani was sworn in to office.

Pakistani newspapers say the U.S. envoys should not be visiting Pakistan while its new leaders are still working out their policies.

Negroponte also rejected a report in the Washington Post newspaper that U.S. forces have recently escalated air strikes against al-Qaida targets in Pakistan's tribal areas. He says Washington only acts against militants in cooperation with Pakistani authorities.

Negroponte said Washington does not believe in talking to militants who can not be persuaded to renounce violence. But he also said some elements among the militants could be persuaded to join the political process.

Pakistani President Musharraf has been a strong U.S. ally in the fight against al-Qaida and Taliban militants. His position has weakened since his political rivals won parliamentary elections last month.