British PM visits Pakistan to mend ties
Tue, 05 Apr 2011 04:17:30 GMT
The British Prime Minister is in Pakistan on a one-day tour of the South Asian country in a bid to mend bilateral ties, which have remained fragile during his tenure.
On his first trip to Pakistan, David Cameron will claim that the two countries enjoy "an unbreakable partnership," British media reported.
Last year, while visiting Pakistan's rival India, the British premier had said, "Pakistan should not be allowed to look both ways on terrorism."
His remarks, which he refused to withdraw, created a diplomatic outcry because they were made on a trip to India that is Pakistan's main rival.
Cameron will hold talks with president Asif Ali Zardari and the prime minister, Yousuf Raza Gilani during his first visit to the country.
The two countries have agreed to hold a strategic dialogue comprising annual discussions between leaders and bi-annual foreign ministers talks.
Zardari has repeatedly warned the west that it is losing the battle for hearts and minds over the Taliban's use of Pakistan as the base for its attacks on NATO troops in Afghanistan.
The Pakistani president says the UK government has not done enough to recognize how much Pakistan is doing to combat terrorism.
However, Cameron will acknowledge the misunderstandings of the past in a speech to students.
“Britain wants a new chapter in the relationship between our two countries. We want to deepen and enhance the unbreakable partnership between Pakistan and Britain. The unbreakable partnership must not just be between our two governments. It must be between our peoples, too", Cameron will say.