Zardari appeals for international support to fight terrorism
Last Updated: Wednesday, January 06, 2010, 20:43
  
Islamabad: Terror attacks have strengthened Pakistan's resolve to fight militants and the country needs more support from the world community for the "stability of the region and overcoming economic stresses," President Asif Ali Zardari said on Wednesday.

He made the remarks during a meeting with Britain’s Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, Andrew Mitchell, at the presidency here.

The two leaders discussed the fight against militancy, bilateral relations and British support for the government in Pakistan.

Pakistan's democratic government is "successfully moving forward in the fight against militants and security forces are gaining successes despite great sacrifices," Zardari said.

Recent "cowardly attacks by militants on the innocent had only strengthened the nation’s resolve to fight the militants," he added.

"Pakistan and its democratic government need further support from the international community for the stability of the region and overcoming economic stresses," Zardari was quoted as saying in an official statement.

Britain and Pakistan should strengthen their partnership in education, science and technology and culture and work closely for greater trade and investment in Pakistan, the President said.

He also focussed on the need to enhance and strengthen Pakistan's counter-terrorism capacity by providing equipment and training facilities and sharing timely intelligence.

Zardari appreciated Britain's development assistance of 665 million pounds for 2009-2013.

Mitchell reiterated British support for Pakistan’s democratic government in dealing with terrorism.

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, January 06, 2010, 20:43


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