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UK to back Pak counter-terrorism efforts at all forums, fronts: Foreign Secretary Hague

June 24, 2011 - Islamabad

Visiting British Foreign Secretary William Hague has said that his country will support Pakistan at all forums and fronts in the fight against terrorism.

Hague, who is on his second trip to Pakistan since becoming foreign secretary last year, said that Pakistan was making bigger sacrifices against terrorism than any other country on the planet and assured strong cooperation of UK to fight the scourge of terrorism.

He met with Acting Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar to continue discussions on the UK-Pakistan enhanced strategic dialogue that was launched by the prime ministers of the two countries in April this year.

At the press conference held at the Pakistan Foreign Office, The Daily Times quoted Hague, as saying: "There is an unbreakable partnership between Pakistan and the UK. There is much that binds our countries together."

Stressing on the need to continue the relationship, Hague said : "It is in the interest of both our countries to sustain an enduring, broad-based and strategic relationship based on mutual respect, mutual trust and mutual benefit."

He further added: "We have reviewed the steps taken already to meet the aims set out by our two PMs of increasing trade in goods and services between our two countries to £2.5 billion by 2015."

Hague said both Britain and Pakistan were committed to increase their mutual cooperation, including through their national security dialogues.

He also said that the UK will focus over the next four years on helping Pakistan get more than four million children into school; recruiting and training an additional 90,000 new teachers and providing more than six million sets of text books.

Hague also paid tribute to martyred policemen at the Police Lines headquarters and laid a floral wreath at the National Police Martyrs' Monument.

Hague also confirmed that Britain was involved in talks with the Taliban in Afghanistan, but called on Pakistan to play a constructive role in reconciliation efforts in Afghanistan.


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