SYDNEY: Australia on Sunday called for greater engagement with Pakistan on fighting insurgents along the Afghan border, saying unrest there could spread elsewhere in the world.
Foreign Minister Stephen Smith said militants were posing a threat to foreign troops in Afghanistan, including Australia’s 1,000 soldiers in southern Uruzgan.”We are now very worried about conditions in Pakistan on that border area,” Smith told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
“I think we’ve got to start looking at the border between Afghanistan not just as a bilateral issue between those two nations, but a regional issue in which the international community has to play a role. I think the Pakistan government is only too well aware of the significant Australian and international community concern about what is occurring in that border region.” Smith said violence in the tribal zone posed a threat beyond Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Source: The News, 16/6/2008