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Statement from Mr Smith on the resignation of Musharraf.



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M E D I A R E L E A S E

Stephen Smith MP Minister for Foreign Affairs

M E D I A R E L E A S E

FA134 18 August 2008

STATEMENT FROM MR SMITH ON THE RESIGNATION OF MUSHARRAF

I am aware that Musharraf has announced he will resign "in the interests of the nation"

Political instability in Pakistan is not in the interests of Pakistan nor the regional or international community.

What is now required is political stability.

It is important that the Government of Pakistan now moves with purpose to tackle the security and economic challenges facing the country.

These challenges have regional and international implications.

Australia, as a friend of Pakistan, looks to assist Pakistan in dealing with these challenges, especially in the tribal areas bordering Afghanistan.