Britain wants better ties with Pakistan

By Xinhua,

Islamabad : Visiting British Foreign Secretary David Miliband Wednesday said that his country wanted to enhance cooperation with Pakistan in economic, social and various other fields.

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Speaking at a joint press conference along with his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi here in Islamabad, Miliband suggested for close cooperation between Pakistan and Afghanistan for the stability of the region.

Miliband said that Pakistan had a pivotal role in war against terrorism and peace in the region, adding that this was his third visit to Pakistan in 18 months. He said that several British Muslims and Pakistanis also accompanied him to Pakistan so that people-to-people contacts could be boosted.

“England is prepared to extend its complete support to Pakistan in getting facilities in European Union,” Miliband said.

Qureshi said that they mulled over the situation in the areas, straddling the Pak-Afghan border and war on terror.

Before meeting the press, Qureshi and Miliband had a breakfast meeting, according to a statement by the Pakistani foreign office.

During the meeting, it said, matters relating to the European Union, the Friends of Democratic Pakistan Forum, counter-terrorism, the situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan’s relations with India were discussed.

During his one-day visit, Miliband also called on Pakistan’s president, prime minister and army chief.