Obama calls Cameron, discusses India visit, Af-Pak situation

David Cameron`s recent India visit, his discussions with Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and situation in the Af-Pak region figured prominently during a telephonic conversation US President Barack Obama.

Last Updated: Aug 07, 2010, 00:51 AM IST

Washington: David Cameron`s recent India
visit, his discussions with Pakistan President Asif Ali
Zardari and situation in the Af-Pak region figured prominently
during a telephonic conversation US President Barack Obama had
with the British Prime Minister on Friday.

Obama spoke to Cameron, hours after the British
Premier hosted Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari in London,
during which the two leaders sought to bury a diplomatic row
between the two countries.

"The Prime Minister updated the President on his
recent visit to India and Turkey," the White House said in a
statement after the telephonic conversation between the two
leaders.

Cameron had last week visited India for bilateral
talks with his counterpart Manmohan Singh. Speaking at a
public interaction in Bangalore, Cameron has asked Pakistan to
stop "export of terror" to India and Afghanistan.

The comments triggered a diplomatic row between the
two countries. While Pakistan summoned the British High
Commissioner to convey its sentiments over the comments,
Cameron`s office made it clear that he will not go back on his
comments.

Obama and Cameron also discussed the current situation
in Afghanistan and Pakistan and today`s meeting between
Cameron and Zardari.

"The leaders discussed Afghanistan and Pakistan, with
the Prime Minister noting his recent constructive meeting with
Pakistani President Zardari," the statement said.

"The two leaders also reviewed the security situation
in the region and progress in Afghanistan," it said.

Obama and Cameron also discussed ongoing efforts to
advance peace in the Middle East, and agreed on the need for
the parties to move to direct talks as soon as possible, the
statement said.

PTI