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British PM arrives in Pakistan

world Updated: Jun 29, 2013 21:16 IST

British prime minister David Cameron arrived in Islamabad on Saturday on a two-day visit, during which he will hold wide ranging talks with top Pakistani leadership.

Cameron arrived in Pakistan after his two-day visit to Afghanistan, where he met with British soldiers and held talks with president Hamid Karzai on the peace process.

Pakistan's minister for science and technology, Zahid Hamid, senior officials and diplomats received the British prime minister on his arrival in Islamabad.

Officials say that during his stay in Islamabad‚ Cameron will hold talks with prime minister Nawaz Sharif on the regional situation, including the Afghan reconciliation process.

Both leaders will also discuss ways to further expand Pak-UK bilateral cooperation in various fields, state TV reported.

Cameron will also call on Pakistan president Asif Ali Zardari tomorrow.

The British prime minister will also meet business leaders in Islamabad and discuss new avenues of bilateral cooperation for enhancing trade and investment.

He will interact with young students and discuss various regional and international issues with them.

This is the first visit of a world leader since the formation of the new government in Pakistan following the May 11 elections.

Reports said that during the visit, Cameron and Sharif would get a chance to assess the progress achieved in the Enhanced Strategic Dialogue the two countries have been holding since 2011.

The dialogue covers five areas of bilateral cooperation, including trade and business, finance and development assistance, education, health and culture, and defence and security.

Both sides would also review their cooperation in the Afghan peace process.

Pakistan and Britain had agreed in a trilateral summit with Afghanistan in February on a six-month peace initiative in war-torn Afghanistan.