President Asif Ali Zardari and British Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday agreed that both countries will continue to work together for countering militancy and promoting peace in the region.
In a meeting at 10 Downing Street in London, the two leaders welcomed the ongoing collaboration between the UK and Pakistani governments to tackle violent extremism and radicalisation. The meeting was also attended by Chairman Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.
Briefing the media, Presidential Spokesperson Farhatullah Babar said that both leaders had a consensual view that terrorism was their number one enemy.
Pakistan appreciated the consistent support of the UK and lauded the role played by Britain in seeking a trade package for Pakistan from the European Union (EU). Cameron assured that his country would continue to extend support to Pakistan for greater market access to the EU and for the institutionalisation of Pakistan-EU summit mechanism. The PM said that UK stands with Pakistan to combat the menace of terrorism.
He added that Britain is committed to increasing “mutual cooperation through national security dialogue” and UK’s education programme for Pakistan would help get more than four million children into school and help recruit and train 90,000 teachers.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 2nd, 2011.
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