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Afghan and Pakistani troops on the border in December 2006 (epa)
March 14, 2007 -- Afghan and Pakistani officials have agreed to convene Pashtun tribal assemblies on both sides of their border in an effort to contain terrorism.
Delegates from both countries agreed after three days of talks in Islamabad today to work together on the basis of "mutual respect for each nation's national sovereignty and territorial integrity."
The delegates plan to meet again in April to finalize dates for the tribal assemblies, or jirgas.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf first agreed on a tribal approach against militancy during a meeting with U.S. President George W. Bush in Washington in September 2006.
Islamabad, which is concerned about possible territorial claims upon Pakistan's tribal border regions, opposes the idea of a single assembly of Pashtun tribal leaders from both sides of the border.