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Tuesday, 17 December, 2002, 16:53 GMT
US help for Pakistan terror fight
Pakistani Foreign Minister and  Miss Chtistina Rocca
Ms Rocca is on a mini-tour of the region

The United States has given Pakistan hi-tech equipment worth more than $4m to improve security in its border region.

We're satisfied with the great co-operation and I reiterated that this is in the interest of Pakistan as well

Christina Rocca
US State Dept
The announcement was made by US Assistant Secretary of State Christina Rocca after talks with President Pervez Musharraf.

Ms Rocca is in Islamabad to discuss the situation in Afghanistan and continuing tensions with India.

Pakistan backs the US "war on terror", and has rounded up more than 400 suspects in the hunt for militants fleeing Afghanistan.

Terror fight

During a brief ceremony in Islamabad, Ms Rocca said a total of 8,000 pieces of sophisticated communication and surveillance equipment were being given to Pakistan.

She said the equipment would help security forces track down suspected terrorists and those involved in drug-trafficking.

Remains of bombed bus outside Sheraton, May, 2002
Pakistan has suffered several attacks recently
A large number of Pakistani forces have remained deployed on the borders with Afghanistan to prevent members of the al-Qaeda network from crossing into the country.

Ms Rocca praised Islamabad for supporting the global efforts against terrorism.

She said so far Pakistani authorities had handed over 400 suspects to the United States, arrested by its security forces in the last year.

North Korea

During her meeting with President Musharraf, Ms Rocca discussed regional and security issues.

In recent weeks, media reports in the United States have accused Pakistan of assisting North Korea in its nuclear-weapons programme.

Islamabad has consistently denied such reports.

Last week President Musharraf also raised the issue in a telephone conversation with US Secretary of State Colin Powell.

It is not clear if the issue came up for discussion when Ms Rocca General Musharraf met.


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