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Meeting with Bush excellent, says Musharraf

Musharraf described his meeting with Bush, Karzai as "excellent" and said it yielded positive results.

india Updated: Sep 28, 2006 23:06 IST

Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf on Thursday described his meeting with US President George W Bush and Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Washington as "excellent" and said it produced positive results to counter terrorism.

"The meeting was held in a cordial atmosphere. It has been decided that we have to forge a common strategy to defeat terrorism, jointly," he told reporters upon arrival at the Heathrow airport for a two-day visit to UK.

Musharraf said the three leaders, during the meeting over the working dinner hosted by Bush, agreed that there should be better intelligence coordination and interaction to make the anti-terror campaign more effective.

"We have to jointly defeat terrorism. There should be better interaction and intelligence sharing so that we can meet the challenges," posed by terrorism, official APP news agency quoted him as saying.

To a question, he said it was agreed that there was a requirement of better intelligence sharing and joint sympathetic understanding of the ground realities.

The three leaders also agreed to remain regularly in touch so that there were no differences in future.

The US administration, he added, was completely on board and they understood the strategy being pursued by Pakistan to combat the twin menaces of terrorism and extremism.

On Pakistan-India peace talks, the President described his meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the sidelines of the Non-Aligned Movement as extremely positive.

He said the joint statement issued after the meeting in Havana is a genuine move forward towards resolutions of all issues including Jammu and Kashmir.