August 6, 2010 by staff
Asif Ali Zardari-David Cameron Updates, David Cameron, the UK prime minister, and Asif Ali Zardari, Pakistan’s president, have agreed to put aside their recent differences and work to foster relations between the two countries.
“Whether it’s keeping troops in Afghanistan security or keep safe on the streets of Great Britain … we will work together in this strategic partnership,” Cameron said Friday after meeting with Zardari in his refuge in the countryside outside London.
The meeting between Cameron and Zardari arrived a week after the British prime minister sparked a row by suggesting that Islamabad was allowing Taliban and other armed groups to operate from its territory.
Cameron accused Pakistan of “exporting t*rror*sm” while seeking “in both senses.”
Tension had been rising before Friday’s meeting with the two leaders refuse to back down.
But the two appeared to put the controversy behind them as they discussed ways to boost trade and work together to combat “t*rror*sm.”
“The storms will come and go the storms and Pakistan and Britain together and face all difficulties with dignity, and we will ensure that the world is a better place for our future generations,” said Zardari.
He said the country’s diplomatic relationship would never be “broken, no matter what.”
Zardari previously hit back at allegations of a double play, the argument that the Pakistanis are often the victims of attacks at home and that Islamabad was committed to fight against armed groups in the region.
Alan Fisher, Al Jazeera’s correspondent outside the venue of the meeting, said both sides need to overcome the conflict the “framework of the ongoing relationship” between the two countries.
“Both sides realize they need to cool .. because the temperature has not been a war of words in the last week or so.”
Criticism of the British leader had sparked outrage in Islamabad, especially as it was on a visit to India, with which Pakistan has fought three wars since their partition in 1947.
His observations that the Pakistani government to summon the British ambassador in Islamabad earlier this week for a reprimand.
Zardari came under enormous pressure to cancel his trip because of the controversy, but his office insisted that Pakistan was given the opportunity to present their case.
While standing by his comments, Cameron has admitted that the Pakistanis are often the victims of attacks, including one that killed Zardari’s late wife, Benazir Bhutto, former prime minister murdered in Pakistan in 2007.
The leaders are also ready to discuss the devastating floods in Pakistan, which have killed around 1,500 people and affected more than four million euros.
Zardari failed to return home immediately after the disaster has drawn criticism from opposition politicians in Pakistan and members of Pakistani origin in Britain.
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