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India, Pak interested in stability of Afghanistan

February 06, 2007 23:54 IST

The US administration has said that both India and Pakistan have interest in stability and prosperity of Afghanistan.

US spokesman Sean McCormack, in response to a question on infiltration in Afghanistan, said it was not just Pakistan but the region as a whole, including India has an interest in the stability and prosperity of Afghanistan.

"Pakistan has an interest in a stable, prosperous, democratic Afghanistan. The rest of the region -- you point out India. The rest of the region has an interest in that as well. And clearly the rest of the world does as well," he said.

Terrorism across the borders of Pakistan and Afghanistan is still a problem and an issue that the governments in both Kabul and Islamabad are quite aware of, he said stressing that the issue of stability in that part of the world means having to address infiltration going both ways by the Taliban.

"It is still a problem," McCormack said, talking of cross-border terrorism on the Afghan-Pakistan borders.

"And the Afghan government knows it, the Pakistani government knows it, and we have been involved and continue to be involved with both governments. We have a trilateral commission that is set up to improve the communications between the two governments as well as to improve the effectiveness of their efforts to stop cross-border infiltrations going both ways," he added.

He said both Pakistan and Afghanistan have responsibilities in this regard.

"They have improved their coordination. They have improved somewhat the effectiveness of that coordination, but there is clearly a lot more that needs to be done," McCormack said.

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