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Tuesday 12 December 2017

PM pledges Pakistan terrorism help

Prime Minister David Cameron arrives at the Chaklala Airbase, near Islamabad, Pakistan
Prime Minister David Cameron arrives at the Chaklala Airbase, near Islamabad, Pakistan

David Cameron has promised to "stand together" with Pakistan in the fight against terrorism following talks with his newly-elected counterpart Nawaz Sharif.

The Prime Minister said the battle required "tough and uncompromising" action, but also efforts to combat the roots of extremism and radicalisation.

Mr Cameron also urged Pakistan to co-operate in creating a stable Afghanistan and pledged to go "further and faster" in boosting trade links between the two countries.

Speaking at the Pakistani Prime Minister's official residence, Mr Cameron said both countries had a shared interest in the "battle against terrorism".

He said: "This is a battle that requires a tough and uncompromising security response.

"But it is also a battle that has to go so much wider.

"Countering extremism and radicalisation, investing in education, tackling poverty, dealing in all the issues that can fuel extremism and radicalisation."

He added: "In this battle the friends of Pakistan are friends of Britain and the enemies of Pakistan are enemies of Britain.

"We will stand together and conduct this fight against extremism and terrorism."

Press Association

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