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Press Releases 2009

Islamabad, October 17, 2009 - U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan Anne W. Patterson presents registration documents for 23 ambulances to serve NWFP and AJK provinces to Ministry of Health Secretary Khushnood Akhtar Lashari.

President Barack Obama signs the Enhanced Partnership with Pakistan Act of 2009.

President Barack Obama signs the Enhanced Partnership with Pakistan Act of 2009, also known as the “Kerry-Lugar-Berman," bill in the Oval Office, Oct. 15, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

Statement On Signing Of Enhanced Partnership With Pakistan Act

Law Demonstrates Broad Support For Pakistan in United States

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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
October 15, 2009

Statement by the Press Secretary on the Signing of Kerry-Lugar-Berman

Earlier today at the White House, the President signed into law the Enhanced Partnership with Pakistan Act of 2009, also known as "Kerry-Lugar-Berman."

This law is the tangible manifestation of broad support for Pakistan in the U.S., as evidenced by its bipartisan, bicameral, unanimous passage in Congress.

As President Obama said on March 27, the United States wants to engage Pakistan on the basis of a strategic partnership, "grounded in support for Pakistan's democratic institutions and the Pakistani people." This Act formalizes that partnership, based on a shared commitment to improving the living conditions of the people of Pakistan through sustainable economic development, strengthening democracy and the rule of law, and combating the extremism that threatens Pakistan and the United States.

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