Bush, Musharraf Discuss War on Terror
VOA News
24 Jun 2003, 13:39 UTC

American President George W. Bush is meeting with visiting Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, at Camp David, the U.S. presidential retreat near Washington.

U.S. officials have said the war on terrorism will top the agenda. They say the two leaders also are expected to focus on bilateral trade and efforts to ease long-standing disputes between Pakistan and India.

Secretary of State Colin Powell is likely to join the meeting.

Pakistani officials say President Musharraf is also interested in a write-off of Islamabad's nearly $2 billion of debt to the United States. Washington has already written off $1 billion of Pakistani debt, following General Musharraf's strong support for the United States after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Pakistani authorities have rounded up many al-Qaida operatives, including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the number three man in the terror network.

Few foreign leaders get invited to Camp David, which is a short ride by helicopter from the White House. It is an honor reserved largely for close allies and those involved in joint efforts with the United States.

General Musharraf is on a tour of four leading Western nations. He made his first stop last week in Britain, meeting with Prime Minister Tony Blair, and will later travel to Germany and France.

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