British PM arrives in Pakistan to urge 'fresh start'

5th April 2011, Comments 0 comments

British Prime Minister David Cameron flew into Pakistan for talks on Tuesday, seeking a "fresh start" in relations with Islamabad, nine months after accusing it of turning a blind eye to terrorism.

In his first trip to the nuclear-armed Muslim country since taking office in May 2010, the premier will seek to soothe tensions caused by his remarks during a visit to India last July, according to a pre-released extract of his speech.

"Let's today make a fresh start in our relationship. It is time for a new step in relations between Britain and Pakistan and between Britons and Pakistanis," Cameron will tell an audience of university students in Islamabad.

"Let's make this the start of a new era in the relations between our countries, our governments, our peoples."

During a trade visit to the Indian city of Bangalore in July last year, Cameron said Pakistan could not be allowed to "look both ways", promoting the export of terror while publicly working for stability in the region.

© 2011 AFP

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