UK, Pak to beef up anti-terror cooperation
UK and Pak have agreed to step up cooperation against terrorism and extremism as their leaders met on the sidelines of the UNGA.india Updated: Sep 15, 2005 11:05 IST
Britain and Pakistan have agreed to step up cooperation against terrorism and extremism as their leaders met on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.
British Prime Minister Tony Blair and President Pervez Musharraf huddled for an hour on the first day of the biggest-ever gathering of world leaders, emerging afterward to say their talks had been "excellent".
"We will continue to cooperate in the fight against terrorism," Blair told reporters, a few hours after the UN Security Council unanimously approved a resolution put forth by Britain to outlaw incitement to terrorism worldwide.
Musharraf said: "We decided that there was a need of coordination and cooperation on this issue of fighting terrorism and extremism internationally and domestically in our respective countries."
Terrorism is firmly at the top of Britain's domestic and foreign-policy agenda after the July 7 attacks on three London subway trains and a double-decker bus that killed 56 people, including four apparent Islamist suicide bombers.
Three of the attackers were Britons of Pakistani origin, and two had travelled to Pakistan prior to carrying out the worst such attack ever on British soil.
Blair and Musharraf also discussed Afghanistan, ahead of elections there in four days' time, and the issue of Jammu and Kashmir.
Speaking to reporters alongside Blair, Musharraf stressed Islamabad's six-step programme to confront extremism and promote what he called "an Islamic renaissance" throughout the Muslim world.