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Pakistani President Calls on World Leaders to Review Afghan Policy - 2003-06-30


Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has urged international leaders to rethink their political and military strategy on Afghanistan.

General Musharraf said Monday in Berlin the review is necessary in order to bring harmony and stability to Afghanistan and allow foreign forces to pull out of the country.

The Pakistani leader made his remarks after talks with his German counterpart, Johannes Rau.

General Musharraf also was set to meet with German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder later in the day.

Germany and the Netherlands share command of the international peacekeeping force in the Afghan capital, Kabul.

Germany and other countries have resisted calls from Afghan President Hamid Karzai and the United Nations to extend the peacekeeping mission beyond Kabul.

Four German soldiers were killed in a suicide bombing in Kabul earlier in the month. President Rau is quoted as saying the question of security is important to Germany.

General Musharraf's discussions with German leaders are also expected to focus on the international struggle against terrorism and other security issues.

The Pakistani leader travels to Paris Tuesday for talks with his French counterpart, Jacques Chirac, and with French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin.

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