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Trio pledges to continue war against terrorism

27 September, 2012

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NEW YORK: The leadership of Pakistan, Afghanistan and United Kingdom on Wednesday reaffirmed their commitment to continue to work for the goals of regional peace, stability and development and for the elimination of the scourge of terrorism from the region.

During the second round of trilateral summit of Pakistan, Afghanistan and the UK held on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session, President Asif Zardari, Afghan President Hamid Karzai and UK Prime Minister David Cameron discussed the pressing issues in the war against terrorism.

President Zardari, while highlighting the importance of durable peace and stability in Afghanistan, underscored the need for an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process in Afghanistan. He said that Pakistan supports an intra-Afghan dialogue.

The president said education, economic opportunities for the people of affected areas, and socio-economic development were effective tools to transform the environment. Zardari and Karzai appreciated the constructive role being played by the United Kingdom. Prime Minister Cameron reiterated the commitment of the United Kingdom to support Afghanistan and Pakistan in working out solutions for peace and stability in the region and in their quest for socio-economic development of their people.

President Asif Ali Zardari was assisted by Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar, Secretary General Salman Abbasi, Ambassador Masood Khan while the Afghan President Hamid Karzai was assisted by Foreign Minister Jawed Ludin, Chief of High Peace Council Salahuddin Rabbani and other officials. British Prime Minister David Cameron was assisted by Foreign Secretary William Hague and other officials.

Later, President Zardari held separate meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron and reviewed progress on the trilateral summit and discussed bilateral ties, situation in the region and Pak-UK strategic ties.

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