Ahead of a possible presidential run, Texas Governor Rick Perry played up his foreign policy bonafides on Tuesday by meeting with former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf.The two meet in Austin at a perilous time for relations between their respective countries. Tensions are high after the killing Osama Bin Laden, with many in the US suspicious that elements of Pakistan’s intelligence services were aware of his location. The US is currently withholding $800 million of aid in retaliation for Pakistani’s decision to remove American military trainers, among other minor digs at the US government.
“They just talked about the history between the two nations, and in this time of fighting terrorism, everyone is concerned any time there’s conflict between these historic friends,” a Perry spokesman told Reuters. “With what’s going on right now, the governor said that he hopes the two governments can work their way through the conflicts.”
The governor tweeted a picture of their meeting. He visited Pakistan in 2006 while Musharraf was still in charge. The ex-leader has been out of power since 2008 after taking over in a military coup in 1999.