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Terrorism a global concern, says Boucher

world Updated: Aug 05, 2008 08:52 IST
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Staying away from the "blame game" between India and Pakistan for the last month's terrorist attack on Indian embassy in Afghanistan, the United States has said that terrorism is a threat for the whole world and it needs to be tackled by all.

"... Obviously as it is a concern to countries in the region as well as a concern to us," US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, Richard Boucher said sharing concerns with the member countries during SAARC Conference held in Colombo last week.

"Terrorism is a threat to the people of the region, to the people of nations like Pakistan, but also a threat to the wider world," he said in a press conference in Colombo, a transcript of which was released in Washington.

Welcoming Pakistan's decision to look into the cause and source of the Kabul bombing, Boucher has called for a global cooperation to fight the menace.

"We all need to understand that situation. We all need to do all that we can to correct whoever was involved in that bombing. But the only way we are ever going to get a hold of this problem is through cooperation of the nations of the region and through cooperation with the nations of the region," he said.

Referring to the recent US visit of Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, Boucher said "I think we heard very strong determination on his (Gilani) part, for the sake of Pakistan, to conquer the problem of terrorism, to conquer the problem of extremism which afflicts so many of their citizens there, which really is a problem which people in Pakistan are justifiably worried about for themselves.