Britain, Pakistan Pledge Cooperation in Counterterrorism

Posted July 1st, 2011 at 2:40 pm (UTC-5)
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Britain and Pakistan have pledged to work together to fight terrorism.

British Prime Minister David Cameron met with Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari in London, the first such talks since U.S. forces killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan on May 2.

Earlier this week, the British embassy in Islamabad said Pakistan has asked Britain to temporary withdraw some of Britain's military training support teams due to “security concerns.” The embassy did not elaborate.

Relations between Pakistan and the West have deteriorated after bin Laden was killed, with Pakistan protesting the raid as a violation of its sovereignty.

On Friday, officials said Prime Minister Cameron told President Zardari that Britain stands with Pakistan in its fight against militancy.

The British prime minister angered Pakistani officials last year when, on a visit to India, he accused Pakistan of “looking both ways” in the fight against terrorism.