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Pakistani President Calls for Cooperation With Afghanistan To Defeat Militancy

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Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf says his country and Afghanistan both have a responsibility to confront militancy and improve security along their shared border.

In an address at Sunday's closing session of a four-day tribal "peace jirga" in Kabul, General Musharraf said religious extremism is hindering regional economic development in both countries.

He also admitted that Pakistani tribesman near the border were support attacks by Taleban insurgents in Afghanistan and vowed to crack down.

The gathering of more 600 Pakistani and Afghan tribal leaders was organized to come up with solutions to growing violence and instability on both sides of the border.

Participants say the talks ended on a good note, having helped ease tensions between the two countries.

General Musharraf was originally scheduled to address the opening session, but abruptly canceled that appearance, citing domestic political issues.

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