President Bush is in Islamabad where he said he will discuss vital cooperation in the war on terror and efforts to foster economic and political development so the appeal of radical Islam can be reduced.
Mr. Bush arrived in Islamabad Friday night from India, where he called on the two nuclear rivals to settle their decades-old dispute over Kashmir. President Bush holds talks with Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf Saturday, and will also hold a round-table discussion with representatives of Pakistani society.
Security in Islamabad is very tight, a day after a suicide bomber killed himself and three other people, including a U.S. diplomat, outside the U.S. consulate in the southern port city of Karachi. In Rawalpindi, near Islamabad, police used batons to disperse hundreds of protesters who carried placards denouncing President Bush and controversial cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.
Earlier Friday in New Delhi, Mr. Bush said Washington and New Delhi have never been closer, and the nuclear deal they have signed will strengthen the security and economy of both countries. He also said both India and the U.S. have suffered because of terrorism and are natural allies in fighting terrorism. He said the two global leaders will try to change the conditions that give rise to terrorists.