"Our intelligence agencies have cooperation with about 50 countries in the world, including all the leading countries in the world. So there's a very robust cooperation. And we think that this would be very helpful, doing this with Australia, because situated as it is in, well let's say Pacific, but also closely interacting with nations in North East and South East Asia. So this should be very useful. We already have a relationship with a large number of the countries in South East Asia, and I think the fact that Pakistan and Australia are going to be doing this in a coordinated way, would be a very helpful step."
"If he (Osama Bin Laden) is alive, the assumption is that he keeps on travelling and moving in the tribal areas, between the tribal areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan, because he probably would not be located in one spot. The second assessment, and a fair one, would be that he would not be moving with a large group of people otherwise he'd be detected. So what does it prove? What it proves is that the operation the Pakistan Army has launched in the federally administered tribal areas on the border with Afghanistan have effectively paralysed the communications network of al Qaida, they're (paralysed) both horizontally and vertically, and therefore whereas they may still exist in small groups, the sort of communication links that they have, the infrastructure that they - we've destroyed it. I mean, for example, in the last strike two, three months ago, we were quite amazed in the underground tunnels; they had their videos and all; they had propaganda machinery. That has been taken care of. So there are a few people, stragglers here and there, may still be there, but their capacity for mischief has been vastly reduced."
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9. SOUNDBITE: (English) Alexander Downer, Australian Foreign Minister:
"I think myself that Australia and Pakistan signing a Memorandum of Understanding on counterterrorism is a very good framework for taking forward work we might do together to help counter these terrorist organisations. There's no doubt about it that Pakistan has been doing a good job in its work against al Qaida and we appreciate that, and I think if we were to have a memorandum of understanding we could enhance our cooperation."
Pakistan's President, General Pervez Musharraf, will likely sign a counterterrorism pact with Australia next month when he pays the first-ever visit by a Pakistani president to the country.
Pakistan's Foreign Minister Khursheed Kasuri said the president will visit Australia from June 13-16.
Both countries are key supporters of the US-led war on terror.
Downer said he hoped the two countries would sign a memorandum of understanding on counterterrorism during the president's visit.
"I think myself that Australia and Pakistan signing a memorandum of understanding on counterterrorism is a very good framework for taking forward work we might do together to help counter these terrorist organisations," Downer told reporters at a joint press conference.
"There's no doubt about it that Pakistan has been doing a good job in its work against al-Qaida and we appreciate that and I think if we had a memorandum of understanding we could enhance our cooperation," he added.
Downer cited the arrest last week by Pakistani agents of Abu Farraj al-Libbi, reputed to be al-Qaida's Number three, as an example of the excellent work Pakistan has done in fighting terrorism.
The memorandum will allow greater information sharing between the two countries' intelligence agencies and police.
Kasuri said if al-Qaida's leader Osama bin Laden were still alive, he was probably continually moving with a small group between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
The Pakistani army had destroyed al-Qaida's communications, propaganda machinery and tunnel hideouts, he said.
"Therefore, whereas they may still exist in small groups, the sort of communication links that they have, the infrastructure - we've destroyed it," he said.
"A few people, stragglers here and there, may still be there, but the capacity for mischief has been vastly reduced," he added.