Bush meets with Pakistan's new president

NEW YORK (AP) -- President Bush has told Pakistan's new president, Asif Ali Zardari, that "the United States wants to help" his country improve its economy and security.

The two held a sideline meeting ahead of Bush's address to the U.N. General Assembly today.

Publicly they have shown solidarity against extremists. Pakistan is under increasing U.S. pressure to act against al-Qaida and Taliban insurgents who are using its western border region as a safe haven.

In his remarks today, Bush expressed his sorrow for the victims of Saturday's truck bombing in Islamabad. Bush says "the collective heart of the American people" goes out to the victims of the attack.

Zardari says the United States and his country "will share the burden and the responsibility" of solving his nation's problems.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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