British PM insists no regrets over Pakistan terror comments

3rd August 2010, Comments 0 comments

British Prime Minister David Cameron insisted Tuesday he did not regret comments about allegations of Pakistani support for terrorists, which are clouding a visit here by the country's president.

Cameron said he had given a "pretty clear and frank answer" to a straight question while visiting India last week.

"I don't regret that at all," he told BBC radio.

Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari is due to arrive in Britain for a five-day visit later Tuesday. He is due for talks with Cameron on Friday.

"The key thing is to build on the relationships we have," Cameron said.

"It's a relationship that I'm convinced can survive speaking frankly about our problems."

He said there were terrorist groups in Pakistan that "threaten innocent people the world over", adding that Islamabad had done "extraordinary things to try and close them down", but needed to do more.

Cameron's original comments on Pakistan and terrorism were made Wednesday in Bangalore, India's southern technology hub.

"We cannot tolerate in any sense the idea that this country (Pakistan) is allowed to look both ways and is able, in any way, to promote the export of terror, whether to India or whether to Afghanistan or anywhere else in the world," he said.

© 2010 AFP

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