ISLAMABAD (AFP) - President Asif Ali Zardari said on Monday that it could take more than three years to rehabilitate after devastating floods which affected 20 million people. In an interview with Western journalists, Zardari denied that the countrys worst humanitarian disaster would impair the militarys fight against Taliban and Al-Qaeda-linked militants, conducted under US pressure in the northwest. And while he welcomed international aid, which has been led by the United States, he called on Washington to make more efforts to win over hearts and minds from entrenched anti-Americanism, such as by reducing tariffs on cotton exports. Your guess is as good as mine, but three years is a minimum, Zardari told reporters Monday when asked how long it would take Pakistan to go through relief, reconstruction and rehabilitation after the floods. I dont think Pakistan will ever fully recover but we will move on, the president added, saying the government was working to protect people from potential future flooding. I cannot sit back and think that it might happen next monsoon, so I have to prepare myself and prepare the capability and capacities... In hindsight one is always more intelligent and smart than during the situation. Yes there will be discontentment, there will be resentment, because expectations will be 'I want back whatever Ive lost, acknowledged Zardari. But surely we will try and meet up with them as much as we can and as far as we can well stretch the band aid to the maximum, he said. There will always be a 'could have been better, would have been better, should have been better... (but) you have to understand how enormous the issue (the scale of the disaster) is. Concerns have been voiced in the United States that the floods could get in the way of the Pakistan militarys fight against the Taliban deemed crucial to US-led efforts to defeat a nine-year insurgency in Afghanistan. But Zardari, who is considered a weak head of state in a country ruled for more than half its existence by the military, with four generals seizing power since independence in 1947, insisted: The fight goes on, on all fronts. Hearts and minds is a long-term commitment. They have to be here long term and empower democracies much more by giving them access to the markets, he said. What I am disappointed with is the market access in America and Europe... the industrialisation that will take place and the people that I can employ and the people that will be employed is something that we need to do.