Washington, Feb 25: United States (US) President George W Bush has promised to raise the issue of dismantling terrorist training camps in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) during his talks with President Pervez Musharraf when he travels to Islamabad and India next week.
"On my trip to Pakistan, I will of course talk about terrorist activities, the need to dismantle terrorist training camps and the need to protect innocent human lives," President Bush said in an interview to Doordarshan on the eve of his departure for the sub-continent.
Observing that Washington's ties with India and Pakistan were at an 'interesting moment', he said, "There was a time when America was close to Pakistan. And now President Musharraf understands that we need to have a good relationship with India and vice versa and (Prime Minister Manmohan) Singh understands we have a good relationship with both."
Describing the war on terrorism as universal, Mr Bush said, "It is very important for all of us to stop the advance in the goals of these terrorists." The American leader said he was looking forward to his visit to India and his meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and that the main purpose of his visit was to open up markets between the two countries.
He said relations between the two countries were much broader than merely nuclear.