British PM to visit Pakistan Tuesday

UK PM David Cameron is to hold talks on bilateral & regional issues with Pak.

Islamabad: British Prime Minister David Cameron will pay a day-long visit to Pakistan Tuesday during which he is scheduled to hold talks on bilateral and regional issues with the Pakistani leadership.

"On the invitation of Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, the Rt. Hon. David Cameron will pay an official visit to Pakistan on 5 April 2011," a Foreign Ministry statement said.

Cameron`s visit comes days after Islamabad rejected as "flawed" a British government report citing corruption and rights violations in Pakistan, Dawn reported.

"Pakistan attaches considerable importance to the British Prime Minister`s visit and to the close cooperative relationship with the United Kingdom," the statement said.

Pakistan and Britain, during Cameron`s visit, will initiate an enhanced strategic dialogue. The visiting prime minister will also hold talks with his Pakistani counterpart besides calling on President Asif Ali Zardari, local media reports stated.

Besides holding the inaugural session of the dialogue, which envisages an annual summit and bi-annual foreign ministers talks, Pakistan and Britain will sign a declaration to formalise the promotion of their engagement.

Cameron is likely to announce further aid to Pakistan in the education and health sectors, reports said.

The British government has already announced doubling its development aid to Pakistan over the next four years, which will make Pakistan the biggest recipient of its foreign aids by 2015 by receiving 446 million pounds ($718 million) of assistance per year.


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