Islamabad: British Prime Minister David
Cameron arrived here on Tuesday morning on his first visit to
Pakistan since becoming premier, with plans to open "a new
chapter" in the relationship between the two sides.
Cameron, who became prime minister in May last year,
will meet his Pakistani counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani,
President Asif Ali Zardari and political leaders.
Cameron will focus on education, trade and national
security in his discussions with the Pakistani leaders.
A statement issued by the British High Commission said
that Cameron, during a speech to be given in Islamabad later
this afternoon, will say: "I come here today to mark a new
chapter in the relationship between our two countries. As
President Zardari and I agreed when he visited Chequers last
August, we want to deepen and enhance the unbreakable
partnership between Pakistan and Britain.”
"The unbreakable partnership must not just be between
our two governments. It must be between our peoples too... The
links between our countries go deep. As Prime Minister in
London, ensuring what`s best for Britain means that I have a
direct interest in seeing Pakistan succeed."
The British premier was presented a guard of honour by
the Pakistani armed forces at the Prime Minister`s House.
He was then introduced to the three service chiefs and
members of the cabinet by Gilani.
Cameron is visiting Pakistan at the invitation of
Gilani. The visit comes nine months after Cameron angered
Pakistan with remarks he made in the India about elements in
the country promoting the "export of terror".
His predecessor Gordon Brown too had pressed Pakistan
to act against militants responsible for the 2008 Mumbai
attacks that killed 166 people. India and the US have blamed
Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Toiba for the attacks.