RAWALPINDI: Pakistan and United Kingdom (UK) have underscored the need for promoting closer cooperation in various fields for the mutual benefits of the two sides. This was discussed at a meeting between Federal Minister for Defence, Chaudhry Ahmad Mukhtar, and the visiting UK Secretary of State for Defence, Mr. Des Brown, who called on the Minister here on Monday. Both sides exchanged views on the geo-political situation of the region.
The meeting discussed the anti-terror efforts made by Pakistan. The Minister highlighted the counter-terrorism measures taken by Pakistan in this regard. He told the visiting dignitary that Pakistan was committed to fighting and eliminating the menace of terrorism and extremism.
He further stated that the Security Forces of Pakistan were actively engaged to stop cross-border infiltration on its border with Afghanistan. Mr. Des Brown expressed gratitude for the valuable support provided by Pakistan against the war on terror. He deeply admired Pakistan’s key role and significant contribution in combating the menace of terrorism. The UK Secretary Defence said that his Government was supporting the agreement and the process of reconciliation with the insurgents as initiated by the Government of Pakistan.
The meeting also discussed the Pak-Afghan relationship. The Minister conveyed to UK Defence delegation that Pakistan was endeavoring to promote peace and stability in Afghanistan because a peaceful and stable Afghanistan was not only in the interest of Pakistan but the whole region as well. The UK Defence Secretary said that it was essential to promote a closer cooperation between Pakistan and Afghanistan as it would bring peace and prosperity to the region. He further stated that his country was significantly interested in strengthening the democratic institutions of Pakistan. The Minister thanked the British Government for encouraging and supporting the democratic process in Pakistan.