Islamabad ministers' meeting aims to boost regional security

ISLAMABAD, June 26, (AFP) -A meeting of South Asian security ministers in Pakistan this weekend reflects a common commitment to cooperating in fighting terrorism, the government said on Friday.

Interior Ministry secretary Qamar-uz-Zaman Chaudhry was speaking ahead of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) conference, due to take place Saturday, with India's Home Minister P. Chidambaram expected to take part.

Chidambaram, whose country is at odds with Pakistan over the November 2008 Mumbai terrorist attack, held talks on Friday with his Pakistani counterpart Rehman Malik on the sidelines of the meeting.

Malik did not share details of the meeting with reporters but said: “It was held in a cordial and friendly atmosphere.””Terrorism is an issue about which every member state expressed resolve to fight jointly,” Chaudhry told reporters after settling the agenda with fellow officials.

“I understand that the resolve which has been expressed here today can be very helpful to eradicate terrorism.

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