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Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Ms. Hina Rabbani Khar received Chief of the Defence Staff of the United Kingdom General Sir David Richards today.

Ms. Khar expressed satisfaction at the excellent bilateral relations between the two countries. Launching of the Enhanced Strategic Dialogue, during Prime Minister David Cameron’s visit to Pakistan in April this year was an important landmark, laying the solid foundation of strategic partnership. Talking about President Zardari’s recent visit to UK, the Minister of State expressed appreciation for Prime Minister David Cameron’s support and solidarity with Pakistan and for its positive and constructive role in the region.

General Richards briefed the Minister of State on his recent visit to Afghanistan. He underlined the importance of Pakistan’s role in peace and stability in Afghanistan. He also highlighted the significance of Pakistan-UK National Security Discussions, adding that it has helped deepening bilateral understanding on issues of mutual concern.

The Minister of State explained that Pakistan would continue supporting an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned process of reconciliation in Afghanistan.

General Richards expressed appreciation for Pakistan’s unparalleled contribution in fighting terrorism and reiterated Britain’s full support for Pakistan in these efforts.

Islamabad
06 July 2011

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