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    United States President Barack Obama would travel to Pakistan next year but not make a stopover there during his November trip to Asia including India , the White House has said.

    Obama conveyed this to a visiting delegation from Pakistan, who were in Washington, DC to participate in the US-Pak Strategic Dialogue, it said in a statement.

    The visiting Pakistani delegation was led by Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Army chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani .

    "The president explained that he would not be stopping in Pakistan during his trip to Asia next month, and committed to visiting Pakistan in 2011, as well as welcoming (Pak) President (Asif Ali) Zardari to Washington," the White House said in a statement after the meeting.

    The current round of the strategic dialogue, the third such meeting this year, concludes tomorrow. In his meeting with the Pakistani delegation, the White House said that Obama underlined the importance of the dialogue in moving US-Pak relationship toward a true partnership based on mutual respect and common interests.

    "The President and the Pakistani delegation agreed on the need for regional stability, and specifically on the importance of cooperating toward a peaceful and stable outcome in Afghanistan," it said.
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