Pakistani, Afghan leaders meet on anti-terror, economic issues
Pakistani Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani and Afghan President Hamid Karzai met to find ways to boost anti-terror and economic cooperation, a press release said Thursday, reported Xinhua.
The two leaders, who were here to attend the 15th summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), held the talks on the summit's sidelines Wednesday.
Gilani said, "Pakistan remains committed to close cooperation with Afghanistan with a view to building peace, stability, economic development and prosperity. Peace and stability in Pakistan is inextricably linked with peace and stability in Afghanistan."
Karzai expressed his agreement with Gilani's views, saying terrorism and extremism can not be eradicated by military forces alone.
He said the root causes including poverty, illiteracy and unemployment should also be dealt with.
The two leaders met last October in Istanbul at a trilateral meeting along with the Turkish leadership on the World Economic Forum's sidelines.
Pakistani-Afghan ties have soured over their disputes on the anti-terror issue. The Afghan government complains Pakistan has not done enough to prevent Taliban militants from entering Afghanistan across the porous border, while Pakistan denies the claim, saying it has deployed tens of thousands of troops on the border to fight Taliban insurgents.