Pak Affairs

Britain supports Pakistan re-entry to Commonwealth: Milliband

ISLAMABAD: The British Foreign Secretary David Milliband has said that his country fully supports Pakistan’s re-entry to the Commonwealth. Addressing a joint news conference with his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi here on Monday, he said that his country supported political, economic and military strategy as a part of multi-pronged comprehensive strategy to deal with the menace of terrorism.

He said there should be reconciliation with those who support peace and want to remain in the limits of law. He said reconciliation does not mean to create space for those who are engaged in violence. Mr. Milliband said the UK also supported Pak-India dialogue and hopes that after the installation of democratic government in Pakistan; this dialogue process would lead to resolution of all outstanding issues including Kashmir.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that political engagements between UK and Pakistan would help further improving understanding on various issues and bringing stability in the region. He said second visit of the Foreign Secretary to Pakistan in eight months was reflective of close ties between the two countries adding that it also shows UK’s interest in regional stability and Pakistan’s socio-economic development.

He said both the countries had common perceptions on various regional and international issues and dialogue with his British counterpart remained productive. The Foreign Minister said both the countries are agreed to have multi-dimension approach to solve the problem of terrorism. Answering question regarding dialogue with India he said the 5th round would begin next month and hoped that both the countries will move forward to resolve all outstanding issues. Answering another question, he said government was making all out efforts for the release of Pakistani Ambassador to Afghanistan, Tariq Azizuddin.-SANA

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