Obama, Cameron vow joint efforts to defeat terrorists
KABUL (Pajhwok): US President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron promised on Thursday to work together to defeat the forces of evil that did not even spare innocent schoolchildren.
In a joint opinion piece, the two leaders pledged: “We will defeat these barbaric killers and their distorted ideology, which tries to justify the murder of innocents, whether children attending school in Peshawar, or girls forced to become suicide bombers in northern Nigeria.”
Hundreds of students and teachers were killed in an outrageous attack on the Army Public School and College in Pakistan’s northwestern city of Peshawar on Dec. 16. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the assault.
Obama and Cameron wrote in the article, published in the London Times ahead of the British premier’s two-day visit to the White House: “Whether we are facing lone fanatics or terrorist organisations such as Al Qaeda, Islamic State or Boko Haram we will not be cowed by extremists.”
Obama hosted a working dinner for Cameron at the White House on Thursday night before formal talks on a range of issues, including terrorism, Ebola and Russia's actions in Ukraine.
The White House-released article quoted two leaders as saying that there were more than one billion Muslims in the world and most of them were sickened by the evil the terrorists claimed to perpetrate in the name of Islam.
They said that the United States and Britain would continue to work closely with all those who believed in peace and tolerance. “The terrorists know only how to destroy, but together we can do something infinitely more powerful: build security, strengthen justice and advance peace.”
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