Pakistan seeks easier access to European market to boost economy


Islamabad : Pakistan has sought easier access to European markets to boost its economy under pressure from the global financial crisis and its own anti-terror operations, Online news agency reported Thursday.

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Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi during his meeting with British Foreign Secretary David Miliband Wednesday said Islamabad needed British help to overcome the impact of the international market crisis and its anti-terror campaign on its economy.

Easy access of Pakistani products into European and British markets could help Islamabad cope economic crisis while Pakistan would continue to play its “key role for anti-terrorism and world peace by realizing its regional and international responsibilities”, he said at a joint press conference after the meeting.

The foreign minister said Islamand wants peaceful relations with India based on equality and apprised the foreign dignitary of his recent meeting with India’s Minister for External Affairs Pranab Mukherjee.

Miliband told Qureshi Britain would continue to support Pakistan’s democratic set-up and would help the country tackle its economic challenges.

The British foreign secretary called for greater coordination with Pakistan on security issues and the fight against terrorism.

“Greater world attention is now on Pakistan as an important player not just in the fight against terrorism but also in the regional economic and security context,” he said.

The trip was Miliband’s second visit to Pakistan since the new government took power after February elections.