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Saudi Arabia, Pak stress on need to fight terror

King Abdullah and President Musharraf pledged to strengthen cooperation and stressed the need to fight terrorism.

india Updated: Feb 02, 2006 12:04 IST
Associated Press
Associated Press

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah and Pakistan's military president pledged to strengthen cooperation and stressed the need to fight terrorism, local media said on Thursday.

Abdullah met with President Gen Pervez Musharraf after arriving in the capital, Islamabad, on Wednesday -- the first visit by a Saudi monarch in 30 years.

The two leaders discussed regional and international issues along with economic cooperation.

Abdullah, visiting for two days, received Pakistan's highest award, Nishan-e-Pakistan, for his services to promote ties between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, the Dawn newspaper reported on Thursday.

In their discussions, Abdullah and Musharraf stressed the need to eradicate terrorism, local media said.

"We reaffirm our common commitment to fight terrorism that poses a danger to all faiths and all societies," Musharraf was quoted as saying by The News International, an English-language Daily.

The Pakistani leader added, "Nothing can justify disrupting of stability, progress and development in a society and killing of innocent people," an agency reported.

Pakistan and Saudi Arabia -- both US allies in the war against terrorism -- have fought homegrown Islamic militants in recent years.

First Published: Feb 02, 2006 12:04 IST