posted on Nov, 28 2010 @ 01:26 PM
PAKISTAN: ISRAEL WORRIED ABOUT MUSHARRAF
16. (S) On Pakistan, Dagan said that President Musharraf is losing control, and that some of his coalition partners could threaten him in the future.
The key question, Dagan said, is whether Musharraf retains his commander-in-chief role in addition to his role as president. If not, he will have
problems. Dagan observed that there has been an increase in the number of attempts on Musharraf's life, and wondered whether he will survive the next
few years. Under Secretary Burns replied that South Asia has assumed vital importance in American foreign policy since September 11. The U.S. is
committed to denying Afghanistan as a safe-haven for Taliban and Al-Qaeda activity. The USG will continue to support Pakistani President Musharraf,
and is seeking to boost his military defensive capabilities. At the same time, the U.S. is encouraging Pakistan and Afghanistan to work with each
other militarily. Turning to India, Under Secretary Burns noted that U.S.-Indian economic cooperation is growing, and that the USG is working
effectively to reduce tensions between India and Pakistan.