Blair visits Pakistan for talks on terrorism

November 19, 2006 04:41


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British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Sunday was to meet with Pakistan President Gen. Pervez Musharraf for talks expected to focus on stemming the flow of Islamic militants traveling between their countries and tackling a bloody Taliban resurgence in neighboring Afghanistan. Blair, who landed in the capital, Islamabad, late Saturday, was also expected to agree to increase funding for a plan to promote moderate teaching in Pakistan's religious schools, and discuss efforts on intelligence sharing. A senior official at Britain's Foreign Office said this week that hundreds of people were traveling between Pakistan and Britain each year to relay messages and raise funds on behalf of groups planning terror attacks. Dozens head to Pakistan's border region with Afghanistan to attend terrorist training camps, the official said. The leaders hoped to discuss problems policing the porous Pakistan-Afghan border and the role of British troops in the southern Afghan province of Helmand, where more than 30 soldiers have been killed since June in a fierce escalation of violence.

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