War on Terror: MP Mahmood Talks with Leaders over 'Causes of Terrorism'
Byline: Jonathan Walker Political Correspondent
Birmingham MP Khalid Mahmood (left) discussed the war against terrorism with Pakistani President General Pervez Musharraf and King Abdullah of Jordan yesterday.
He said the king expressed concern about the portrayal of Islam in Britain and suggested Jordanian scholars could visit to help counter the influence of unrepresentative extremist groups.
Mr Mahmood (Lab Perry Barr), England's only Muslim MP, was part of a delegation which held separate talks with the two world leaders in House of Commons committee rooms. They were in London for high-level discussions with Tony Blair. Jordan and Pakistan are major powers in the Muslim world and important components of the coalition assembled by the US. The King of Jordan went to school at Sandhurst and university at Oxford. Also at the meetings were Muslim parliamentarians Mohammed Sarwar, MP for Govan in Glasgow, Lord Ahmed of Rotherham, Lord Patel of Blackburn, and Baroness Uddin of Bethnal Green.
Mr Mahmood said: 'King Abdullah condemned the attacks of September 11 and said terrorism has to be addressed, and fully supported the coalition against terrorism. However there are issues that also need to be addressed, he said. …