Pak, UK agree to deepen cooperation in counter-terrorism

Sartaj Aziz appreciated Britain's support and assistance in countering extremist threat.

Islamabad: Pakistan and the UK have agreed to increase their cooperation in combating terrorism, organised crime and illegal migration.

The decision was taken during the Prime Minister's Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz's meeting with British National Security Adviser Sir Mark Lyall-Grant under Enhanced Strategic Dialogue (ESD) in London this week.

"In meeting with NSA, both sides agreed to continue their cooperation in the areas of counter-terrorism, organized crime and illegal migration," the FO said in a statement here.

Aziz appreciated Britain's support and assistance in countering the extremist threat and briefed Lyall-Grant on the initiatives taken by Pakistan to improve the security situation in the country.

He also highlighted Pakistan's policy of "peaceful neighbourhood" and briefed him on the steps taken to improve relations with its neighbours including India and Afghanistan.

Lyall-Grant commended Pakistan's efforts to curb extremism and offered Britain's continued support in timely and effective implementation of the National Action Plan.

He also assured of UK’s support in capacity building of the security and law enforcement agencies. He lauded Pakistan’s role in seeking peace and stability in Afghanistan.

On India, he said that UK was ready for its meaningful role in strengthening regional security and cooperation.

Aziz was in the UK on a three-day official visit to attend the third Ministerial Review of the Pakistan-UK Enhanced Strategic Dialogue from 18-20 April.

( Source : PTI )
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