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FM urges dialogue of civilizations

ISLAMABAD (Combined reports) Foreign Minister George Papandreou expressed solidarity yesterday with Pakistan in the war against terrorism and urged a dialogue between civilizations and religions toward peace and stability. If we want our voices to be heard. .. it is necessary to work together, Papandreou told a press conference after meeting his Pakistani counterpart, Abdul Sattar, at the beginning of a three-day regional tour that will include India and Iran. Papandreou, who today will meet Pakistan’s military dictator, General Pervez Musharraf, expressed Greece’s support for the Pakistani government that is backing the United States and its allies in their attacks on Afghanistan. He said that instead of a clash of civilizations, there should be a dialogue between them. We have to bring it to the center stage of political discourse. Papandreou said Greece is contributing 1 million dollars in aid to Afghan refugees. A planeload of medicine and blankets from Greece arrived in Islamabad yesterday. (AP, Kathimerini) Following the June 2000 assassination of the British military attache to Athens, Brigadier Stephen Saunders, by the leftist group November 17, the government has come under heavy pressure – mainly from the USA – to crack what is by now Europe’s most elusive urban terrorist organization.