PM, Gilani review progress on Islamabad’’s commitments on terror

October 24th, 2008 - 9:55 pm ICT by ANI  

Manmohan Singh

By Naveen Kapoor

Beijing, Oct 24 (ANI): Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh today met his Pakistani counterpart, Yousaf Raza Geelani in Beijing on the sidelines of the seventh Asia Europe Summit (ASEM), to review the progress on the commitments made by Islamabad on terrorism in New York last month.

A joint statement was issued wherein both sides agreed to take severe action against any elements directing or involved in terrorist acts.

Pakistan also reiterated to stand by its commitments of January 6, 2004, that it would not allow its territory to be used for terror attacks against India.

They also agreed that violence, hostility and terrorism have no place in the vision they share of the bilateral relationship, and must be visibly and verifiably prevented.

During the meeting, India expressed its unhappiness over ceasefire violations and the spurt in cross-border infiltrations.

This is the second meeting between the two leaders after their meeting on the margins of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Summit in Colombo in August this year, where Pakistan announced a probe in the bombing at the Indian Embassy in Kabul.

The current meeting comes a month after Dr. Singh met Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari on the sidelines of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York last month.

Meanwhile, the ASEM Summit has begun in Beijing and global financial crisis will dominate the agenda of the meeting.

Dr. Singh will address the Summit on Saturday.

Besides the global financial crisis, issues like energy, climate change and food security will also figure in the deliberations.

On the sidelines of the Summit, the Prime Minister today met his Italian and Vietnamese counterparts as well as the President of Mongolia, Namaryn Enkhbayar and discussed issues relating to bilateral relations and the current global economic turmoil. (ANI)

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