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UK asks Pakistan to move decisively against al Qaeda

world Updated: Jul 04, 2011 07:23 IST

UK has told Pakistan to move "decisively" against al Qaeda following the death of the terror outfit's chief Osama bin Laden.

"Now there is an opportunity to move decisively against al Qaeda following Osama bin Laden's death," British Prime David Cameron told Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari on Friday during a meeting at 10, Downing Street.

Bin Laden was killed in a US Navy SEALs raid in Pakistan's garrison town Abbottabad on May 2. During their first face-to-face talks since bin Laden's death, Cameron and Zardari discussed "terrorism, agreeing that it is a global phenomenon that should be fought by intensifying cooperation at all levels."

The Prime Minister also appreciated Islamabad's efforts in the fight against terror. A spokesman at 10, Downing Street said: "Cameron appreciated Pakistan's full commitment to fight terrorism and stressed that there was now an opportunity to move decisively against al Qaeda, the extremist organisation that has harmed Pakistan as well as other countries internationally."

At their talks, the two leaders "agreed that a stable Afghanistan is in the interest of countries in the region and the rest of the world," the spokesman said.

"They both support the Afghan-led process towards reconciliation and peace." Cameron also encouraged Pakistan to play a constructive role in supporting an Afghan political process within the framework of the Afghan constitution that separates the Afghan Taliban from al Qaeda and persuades them to move away from violence.