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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Terrorism Talks Held in Kabul

KABUL, Afghanistan -- The presidents of Pakistan and Afghanistan pledged on Sunday to work together to combat the common security threat of Taliban and al-Qaida militants.

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf addressed the closing session of a gathering, or jirga, of Afghan and Pakistani politicians and tribal elders in the Afghan capital Kabul aiming to bring the two often-feuding U.S. allies closer together.

"The joint peace jirga strongly recognizes the fact that terrorism is a common threat to both countries and the war on terror should continue to be an integral part of the national policies and security strategies of both countries," a declaration agreed on by jirga delegates said.

"There is no other option for both countries other than peace and unity, trust and cooperation," Musharraf said. "There is no justification for resorting to terrorism."

Afghan officials have frequently accused Pakistan of harboring Taliban and al-Qaida fighters. Pakistan denies the charge, but Musharraf acknowledged that militants were operating from Pakistani tribal areas largely outside government control along the Afghan border.

"There is no doubt Afghan militants are supported from Pakistan soil. The problem that you have in your region is because support is provided from our side," he said.

Both countries pledged not to allow any sanctuaries or training centers for militants.