Obama, Pakistan PM set for tricky White House summit

Despite efforts to smooth divisions behind handshakes, smiles and items of agreement, long-standing security concerns are likely to dominate the Oval Office discussionsPresident Barack Obama is expected to press Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on ties with the Taliban, nuclear safety and a range of other fraught issues Thursday when the troubled allies meet at the White House. Islamabad’s ties with the Afghan Taliban, support for terror groups that target India and the United States and its rapidly growing nuclear arsenal are seen by Washington as monumental security headaches. Washington’s relationship with Islamabad is a prickly one, born of a fraught inter-dependency but pollinated by mutual mistrust.

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