Pakistan’s ‘nests of terrorism’ reason for Afghan crisis: Medvedev

June 18th, 2009 - 11:47 am ICT by IANS  

Manmohan Singh Yekaterinburg (Russia), June 18 (IANS) Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has said that without the destruction of “nests of terrorism” in Pakistan it is impossible to find a solution to the insurgency in Afghanistan.
“It is clear that the situation in Afghanistan is directly linked to the situation in Pakistan. It is impossible to resolve it until the nests of terrorism are eliminated in Pakistan,” Medvedev said at the closing news conference at the end of the two-day Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit, Online news agency reported Thursday.

“This is the precise reason why I had a trilateral meeting last night with (Asif Ali) Zardari and (Hamid) Karzai,” Medvedev said and added that Russia is watching the efforts made by the Pakistani government.

The fight against terror and situation in Afghanistan was on top of the agenda at the SCO summit which was attended for the first time by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in India’s capacity as an observer.

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