UK asks Pak to move decisively against al-Qaeda
Last Updated: Saturday, July 02, 2011, 12:02
London: 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 yesterday during a meeting at 10, Downing Street here.

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.


First Published: Saturday, July 02, 2011, 12:02

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