International Affairs

David Miliband Visit to Pakistan

Miliband holds meeting with Nawaz
ISLAMABAD: British Foreign Secretary David Miliband called on PML-N Quaid Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif. The two leaders discussed situation in the region with particular reference to situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan’s Tribal Areas, and bilateral relations between Pakistan and Britain.

PML-N Secretary Information Iqbal Ahsan told media persons after the meeting that concern of Pakistani people was conveyed to the British Foreign Secretary over violation of Pakistan’s airspace. Nawaz Sharif referred to the unanimous resolution of the parliament and said that missile attacks should stop.

The British Foreign Secretary appreciated the resolution of the parliament and agreed that it provides a very comprehensive framework for solution of the problem. He appreciated Pakistan’s concern for its sovereignty. Both the leaders also discussed relations between Pakistan and India and efforts to bring peace in South Asia. The PML-N leader highlighted the importance of resolving the Kashmir issue in accordance with the aspirations of the Kashmiri people.

UK wants to have close ties with Pakistan: Miliband
British Foreign Secretary David Miliband has said that his country desires to build closer collaboration and relations with the democratic government of Pakistan. Addressing a joint news conference along with Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi in Islamabad today, the British foreign secretary lauded Pakistan’s role in the fight against terrorism saying it is playing a pivotal role in the regional peace.

Miliband said that there should be close cooperation between Pakistan and Afghanistan for regional stability. The British Foreign Secretary said that his country is raring to provide cooperation to Pakistan in European Union. He said that several British Muslims and Pakistanis also accompanied him to Pakistan so that people to people contacts could be bolstered.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that Pakistan is a peace loving country and we want peace to prevail in the region. Earlier, the two foreign ministers during a meeting discussed a host of issues including the bilateral relations, economic cooperation, war against terror and peace and stability in Afghanistan and the region.-SANA

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