Unbreakable Link: Cameron
British Prime Minister David Cameron visited Pakistan last month in what was described as one of relatively rare trips to Pakistan by Western heads of government.
The Premier described Britain’s relationship with Pakistan “unbreakable” and said the two countries had “no higher shared priority” than tackling terrorism both in Asia and elsewhere.
During a one-day visit to Islamabad, Mr. Cameron said the two countries had made “real progress” on discussions focused on security and counter-terrorism and said Britain considered its relationship with Pakistan to be of critical importance, especially for national security reasons.
The UK prime minister had sparked anger in Pakistan on a trip to India last year when he accused elements in Pakistan of promoting “the export of terror.”
At a news conference also addressed by Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, Mr. Cameron said he believed the Pakistani government was committed to fighting terrorism within its borders but said it was not unhelpful to urge its ally to do everything it could to tackle the threat. “What you see in Pakistan today is a huge fight taking place by the government against terrorism and Pakistan has lost many, many people in that fight,” he said.
The visiting premier also pledged £650m of additional aid for Pakistan’s schools system. The four-year package of support would help an extra four million children go to primary schools, train an extra 90,000 teachers and provide six million text books.
The two sides also agreed to develop bilateral trade of up to £2.5bn by 2025.