Rendezvous at 10 Downing Street: Your enemy is our enemy says Cameron

Published: February 13, 2013
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Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf shakes hands with his British counterpart David Cameron at 10 Downing Street in central London. PHOTO: AFP

Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf shakes hands with his British counterpart David Cameron at 10 Downing Street in central London. PHOTO: AFP

LONDON: 

In an unusual show of warmth in his country’s relation with Pakistan, British Prime Minister David Cameron told his Pakistani counterpart on Monday, “your friends are our friends, and your enemies are our enemies.”

Speaking to journalists after a meeting at 10 Downing Street, Cameron also spoke about the rollercoaster relationship between Pakistan and India, saying “there was a need [for the two nations] to open up the market to harvest economic bonuses”.

About the Afghan conundrum, Cameron hailed the recent trilateral summit in London where he, President Asif Ali Zardari and Afghan leader Hamid Karzai renewed the call for ultraorthodox Taliban militia to renounce violence and come to the negotiating table.

Pakistan has a pivotal and constructive role to play in the region, the British premier said, adding that he would visit Islamabad this summer to carry the process forward.

The two premiers discussed Pakistan-Britain bilateral relations, the withdrawal of Nato troops from Afghanistan by 2014 and relations between Pakistan and India. Matters of national and international importance also figured at the talks.

Appreciating his British counterpart’s efforts on working for a peaceful transition in Afghanistan, PM Ashraf reiterated that a peaceful and stable neighbour was in his country’s interests.

Islamabad, he said, was working closely with the Afghan High Peace Council so that all stakeholders, including the Afghan Taliban were on board to bring durable peace to the war-torn country.

He stressed the need to train and equip Afghan security forces during the transition period to handle the responsibility of maintaining security.

Expressing satisfaction over bilateral relations between the two countries, Premiers Ashraf and Cameron said they were looking forward to enhancing cooperation in various fields, particularly for the Afghan transition.

The Pakistani premier also briefed Cameron on the investment opportunities available in Pakistan and the economic reforms and policies initiated by his government to attract investors.

Ashraf also thanked the British premier for his country’s support in helping Pakistan secure the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) Plus status from the European Union and said it had proved it to be a true friend and ally of Pakistan.

GSP is a trade programme designed to promote economic growth in the developing world by providing preferential duty-free entry for up to 4,800 products from 129 designated beneficiary countries and territories.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 13th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (31)

  • What D Fiqh
    Feb 13, 2013 - 4:06AM

    I will advise the British PM to put as much distance between himself and the Pakistani PM as possible. “Your enemy is my enemy …. ” – the Americans had a bad experience with a similar arrangement.

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  • Arindom
    Feb 13, 2013 - 4:27AM

    hmm…so is Cameron ready to be “friends” with the Haqqani Network , for instance, and the ‘good’ Taliban?Recommend

  • Feb 13, 2013 - 4:45AM

    Our Enemy is corruption, ill governance, and self oriented artificially left leaned people of Pakistan..
    Yours?

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  • John B
    Feb 13, 2013 - 4:56AM

    I am sure he meant TTP here! Don’t read too much into it. The enemies list of PAK are: US, Israel, India, AFG, and TTP. So by subtracting the rest who are friends of UK, it leaves only TTP. Unless, there are new names in that list we do not know about!

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  • Mika
    Feb 13, 2013 - 5:35AM

    Stick didnt work, time for carrots.

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  • KarachiBaby
    Feb 13, 2013 - 5:46AM

    and behind the door he said, ” our enemy is your enemy”

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  • vasan
    Feb 13, 2013 - 5:57AM

    From hereon, US is enemy no 1 for England and India is enemy no 2 for England. TTP is their strategic assets. What a joke.

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  • polpot
    Feb 13, 2013 - 6:47AM

    Did the UK Visit also provide the Paki PM an opportunity to look up his London properties?
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Financed thru his Rental Power Project ‘ earnings’ ?

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  • RAW is WAR
    Feb 13, 2013 - 6:49AM

    so UK and India are enemies now?

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  • goggi
    Feb 13, 2013 - 6:50AM

    Hey David you are shaking hands with a criminal who was supposed to be behind the bars on the orders of our legendary Taja Hawaldar!!!

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  • polpot
    Feb 13, 2013 - 6:56AM

    How Little do Mr Cameron’s word Mean
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    He is the same PM who during a visit to India in Aug 2010 said, that Pakistan was “exporting terror” in the region and “looking both ways” in dealing with militants.

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  • polpot
    Feb 13, 2013 - 7:00AM

    Zardari discusses Afghanistan with Cameron in London
    Ashraf discusses Afghanistan with Cameron in London
    Why is the FM Ms Khar not doing the same? Oh ok next week:)
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    The discussions are hugely helped by the presence of Harrods in London.

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  • polpot
    Feb 13, 2013 - 7:24AM

    ” Britis­h premie­r says he will visit Islama­bad this summer.”
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Hopefully by then a new non PPP Govrt would be in office!

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  • polpot
    Feb 13, 2013 - 7:27AM

    As the Govt’s term comes to a close
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    More and more Leaders from Pakistan want to visit London.
    Musharraf also did the same. What could be the reason?:)

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  • Hindu Kashmiri from Refugee camp
    Feb 13, 2013 - 8:21AM

    So UK you are enemy of IndiaRecommend

  • vasan
    Feb 13, 2013 - 8:38AM

    And who is “looking bothways” now ???

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  • Anjaan
    Feb 13, 2013 - 8:45AM

    To those uninitiated …… make no mistake, the British are the closest allies and mentors of Pakistan, the love affair dates pre-independence era …….. the Americans simple follow the British line …… the British are the masters that control the entire show from behind the scene ….. !Recommend

  • Rangeela Rasool
    Feb 13, 2013 - 8:52AM

    so india is enemy of UK by this logic

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  • Indian Catholic
    Feb 13, 2013 - 9:49AM

    Can someone post a link from any UK news outlets? I do not see this statement anywhere except on Pakistani websites.

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  • Feb 13, 2013 - 10:38AM

    Mr Camaron you are correct UR enemy is my enemy…and he is standing next to U

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  • BlackJack
    Feb 13, 2013 - 10:40AM

    I assume that he meant that Pakistan is its own biggest enemy.

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  • Noble Tufail
    Feb 13, 2013 - 10:47AM

    what was the purpose of rental’s visit exactly. the same could have been said without his presence in UK. reckless spending of money.

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  • polpot
    Feb 13, 2013 - 11:16AM

    ” Britis­h premie­r says he will visit Islama­bad this summer.”
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Obama said he will visit but never did
    Putin followed suit
    Even Morsi failed to turn up.
    British Premier…will he?

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  • Burjor
    Feb 13, 2013 - 11:36AM

    We in Pakistan do not even know who our enemies are, and who our friends are. At the start of P.P.P. tenure of this government, in order to extract money from others, the government made certain countries “Friends of Pakistan” essentially to milch them. No country fell for this silly trick. Now we have turned 180 degrees, to decide who our enemies are?. Next we decide who are the clowns and who are the jokers. God help the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

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  • maestro
    Feb 13, 2013 - 12:21PM

    All you naysayers most of whom would love to go to the UK for vacations, work or studies, Britain has historically always stood by Pakistan. There would have been no Pakistan if it wasn’t for the British. Don’t forget that. And don’t forget Queen Elizabeth’s ride through Lahore in an open top car in the 60’s standing up and waving to the cheering crowds. And the late Princess Diana’s multiple trips to Pakistan for humanitarian development work efforts including Shaukat Khanum Hospital. Learn to respect your friends. They have their own relationship with India which is none of our business to be honest.

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  • polpot
    Feb 13, 2013 - 1:08PM

    Pakistan’s friendship is now slightly higher than the Himalayas and slightly deeper than the oceans. Wink Wink:)
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  • DevilHunterX
    Feb 13, 2013 - 4:18PM

    Was he talking about PPP, MQM, PML-N, Qadri, ANP or TTP? Who is our enemy these days?

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  • Candid 1
    Feb 13, 2013 - 5:29PM

    Well said PM Cameron, thank you for reminding India that Pakistan is not as friendless as they would like, and for recognizing the threat India poses not just to Pakistan but to the rest of the world.

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  • jerseybb
    Feb 13, 2013 - 7:23PM

    The news is about warming relations b/w Pakistan and England and all I see is comments from Indians almost whining. I don’t understand the Pakistan obsession.

    Thank you Cameron for standing with Pakistan in the time of need :)

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  • Rex Minor
    Feb 13, 2013 - 10:04PM

    How else the colonialist master speak to his former slave who was allowed autonomy ,freedom to administer in his country. For foreign affairs Pakistan leaders must kow tow the anglo saxon agenda. In case of doubt, please vist the 10 downing street/p>

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  • Indian
    Feb 19, 2013 - 12:31AM

    Your enemy is my enemy – How Long ?

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