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British, Pak premiers discuss terror, Kashmir

In a London meeting, Aziz and Blair discussed counter-terrorism, trade cooperation, interfaith ties and the Kashmir issue.

india Updated: Mar 07, 2006 13:05 IST

Pakistan's Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz and British Prime Minister Tony Blair discussed counter-terrorism, trade cooperation, interfaith ties and the Kashmir issue in a London meeting, Blair's office has said.

Aziz also thanked Blair, during a meeting on Monday, for the help Britain provided after massive earthquake that killed about 87,000 people and left an estimated 3 million homeless in Pakistan's north last year, Blair's office said.

The two leaders also addressed a conference on Asian aid and development, where Aziz said internal conflicts, terrorism and the challenge of securing enough energy, water and food posed the biggest threats to the continent's growth.

"Water security will be critical for survival and future growth," he said. "Food security for countries with large populations will be essential."

Resolving political disputes is also crucial, he said at the Asia 2015 conference, organised by Britain's international development department.

"Conflicts not only cause suffering for the people but consume huge resources away from national development," Aziz said.

He urged Asian nations to work together on infrastructure projects and suggested the development of regional gas pipelines.

Asia has the potential to serve as a catalyst for a "new world order, based on peace, equity and shared prosperity," Aziz said.

Blair said the West and Asia have to work together to boost trade and tackle climate change. "We don't merely inhabit the same world, but the same values," he said.

Aziz was also scheduled to hold talks with Britain's Treasury chief Gordon Brown and Foreign Secretary Jack Straw on his three-day visit to Britain.

First Published: Mar 07, 2006 12:17 IST