Un­break­able Link: Cameron

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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.

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