The president also says Pakistan needs to improve its political and economic structures, but has vastly improved its cooperation with the U.S. in eliminating al-Qaida safe havens along the border.
"Nevertheless, progress has not come fast enough," he said. "So we will continue to insist to Pakistani leaders that terrorist safe havens within their borders must be dealt with. At the same time, we need to support the economic and political development that is critical to Pakistan's future."
Mr. Obama emphasized that his goal is not to build a nation in Afghanistan or to eliminate every threat to that country. He says the coalition intends to dismantle al-Qaida and push back the Taliban threat, preventing further terrorist attacks.
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