- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 4, 2003

NEW DELHI, March 4 (UPI) — President George W. Bush Tuesday called Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee seeking support for Washington's campaign against Iraq.

Bush is reported to have sought India's support to get a second U.N. resolution on Iraq, to destroy Baghdad's weapons of mass destruction. The second resolution against Iraq is expected to be put to a vote on March 12.

During the seven-minute phone call, Vajpayee is reported to have reiterated New Delhi's official stance: that India wouldn't back any action against Iraq without U.N. sanction. India, however, does want Iraq to destroy its WMD.

Bush assured Vajpayee that the United States would continue to pressure Pakistan to stop cross-border terrorism, the Times of India reported.

The U.S. president called a day after Vajpayee told Indian lawmakers that the United States appeared to be unable to make Pakistan deliver on its promise to end cross-border terrorism.

India accuses its neighbor and frequent rival, Pakistan, of infiltrating armed Islamic rebels into the disputed Kashmir region. Washington has often called on Islamabad to end this activity, and Pakistan has promised to do its best to contain Islamic militants.


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