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Obama, Pakistani leader try to build better relations

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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif sought to strengthen their countries’ fragile relationship with a two-hour Oval Office meeting Wednesday that touched on sensitive subjects, including U.S. drone strikes, Afghanistan’s future and the security of Islamabad’s growing nuclear arsenal.

In their first face-to-face meeting, the leaders said they emphasized mutual efforts to stabilize Pakistan’s economy and deal with terrorism and other security threats.

Although Sharif’s government is expected to be less pro-American than its predecessor,…

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