LONDON  - World leaders urged stability and unity in Pakistan - regarded by the West as a key partner in fighting terrorism - as they reacted to news of Pervez Musharraf's resignation as president. INDIA Pakistan's regional rival India declined to comment on Musharraf's decision, with the foreign ministry in Delhi describing it as an "internal matter" for its neighbour. JAPAN In Tokyo, Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda said he expected no immediate change to the US-led "war on terror" after Musharraf's departure. "What kind of changes does this bring to the 'war-on-terror' and the Afghan situation? I don't expect any significant change for now," Fukuda told reporters. "I would expect different things would occur later. But it is not a time for us to make predictions and share them with you." AFGHANISTAN The Afghan government said Monday it hoped the resignation of Musharraf would bring stability to its neighbour, while commentators welcomed the end of his "two-faced politics." "We hope that the resignation of President Musharraf... leads to a strengthening of the civilian government and democracy in Pakistan," Foreign Ministry spokesman Sultan Ahmad Baheen told AFP. "Afghanistan is in favour of a democratic and stable Pakistan which is based on the rule of law." The office of President Hamid Karzai said it had good relations with Pakistan's civilian government and would continue to work with it to fight terrorism and fundamentalism. RUSSIA Russia, another major player in Central Asian geopolitics, expressed hope that Musharraf's departure would not cause instability in the country. "Russia hopes the departure of Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf will not have negative consequences for the internal political stability of this major Asian nation," its foreign ministry said in a statement. EUROPEAN COMMISSION The European Commission, the European Union's executive arm, said Musharraf's departure was "essentially a matter of internal politics," while France - which holds the EU presidency - echoed Britain's call for unity. "We would like the next president and the Pakistani government to work together in a constructive climate and with respect for the institutions to address the many challenges facing Pakistan," the French foreign ministry said. BANGLADESH Bangladesh said it hoped the citizens of Pakistan would determine their country's future, after President Pervez Musharraf announced his resignation. "The people of Pakistan should be in charge of their own political destiny and as the process evolves, we wish them well," Bangladesh foreign minister Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury said in a statement. GERMANY Germany expects Pakistan's next president to help bring stability in neighbouring Afghanistan, fight terrorism and bolster democracy, a foreign ministry spokesman said after Musharraf's resignation. Stefan Bredohl told a regular government news conference that it was "crucial" for the West to have a partner in Islamabad who contributed to regional peace and development. "We expect that we will continue to deal with a Pakistan government (and) with a Pakistani president in the future who does not only have an eye on the situation in Pakistan itself but also on regional stability and who does his part to contribute to peace and stability in Afghanistan," he said. United Nations UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declined comments on Musharraf's resignation, saying it was Pakistan's internal matter. "The secretary-general has no comments to offer since it is Pakistan's internal matter and they (the ruling coalition) followed constitutional procedures," Farhan Haq, a UN spokesman said, when asked for comments. BRITAIN Asif Mehmood from London adds: British Foreign Secretary David Miliband has said that President Musharraf's resignation ends a critical period in Pakistan's history and calls for Pakistan's good relations with the UK and other countries. In a statement issued by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Miliband said: "Pakistan is a vital friend of the UK and it is essential... that it has a strong and democratic government with a clear mandate and programme for thoroughgoing reform of its social, political and economic structures." The British Foreign Secretary said: "In this context, the Musharraf years yielded significant dividends, not only in the economic field but also, until last autumn, in areas like media freedom. It is important to highlight President Musharraf's commitment to tackle terrorism, to promote dialogue with India, especially over Kashmir, and to root out corruption. But reform depends above all on legitimacy, and that is why the UK has been at pains to stress the importance for Pakistan of strong institutions rather than strong individuals, and why we believe a strong democracy is key. The responsibilities on political leaders in Pakistan are now significant. They need to come together to ensure that the recently elected government carries forward an economic and security agenda consistent with the long-term interests of the Pakistani people".