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Cameron says no time to turn away from alliances with Pakistan (updated).

LONDON, May 26, 2011 (Frontier Star): British Prime Minister David Cameron supporting Western alliances with Pakistan said this is no time to turn away from alliances with Pakistan. In a joint press conference with President Barack Obama, Cameron said that allies must work with Pakistan more closely than ever, not turn away. He said Pakistan has suffered mightily in the fight against extremism. Cameron said: Their enemy is our enemy. Cameron said the U.S. killing of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was "a strike right at the heart of international terrorism" and that Britain and the United States must work closely with Pakistan in the future. "We can defeat al Qaeda," Cameron said. President Obama said there was need of close collaboration between Islamabad and Kabul governments. Al-Qaeda is as much Pakistans enemy as it is ours Obama added. He said Taliban were never well-wishers of Pakistan and Afghanistan and they must respect constitution of Afghanistan by dropping their weapon and breaking connection with Al-Qaeda. We would not allow terrorists to make safe heavens in Afghanistan, US President said. President Barack Obama said the relationship between the US and the UK is "special" and "stronger than it has even been". Mr Obama said the two men "saw eye to eye" on a range of issues. Mr Cameron hailed the relationship as "essential for our security and prosperity". The two men earlier held talks in No 10, which were expected to focus on the conflicts in Libya and Afghanistan. Mr Cameron said the two men had discussed a range of subjects, including recent developments in the Middle East, the continued fight against terrorism and the need to create jobs in the global economy. He said he had come to know the President well over the past year and had come to "value his leadership and courage". President Obama said the US-UK relationship was based on "shared ideals and shared values" not merely "warm sentiment and common history", adding that there was "so much" that binds the two countries together. Cameron said he and Obama are also committed to helping those fighting for freedom across the Arab world. Both men reiterated their calls for Libyan leader Col Gaddafi to step down. On Libya, Mr Cameron said there was no future for the country with Col Gaddafi in power and both the UK and US were looking at "all options" for "turning up the heat" on the regime. Mr Obama said the international community had made "enormous progress" in Libya in saving civilian lives. "Gaddafi and his regime to need to understand there will be no let-up in the pressure we are applying," he said, adding that the US was "strongly committed to seeing the job through". More widely, Mr Cameron said the international community needed to seize the "once in a generation moment" to support pro-democracy movements in the Middle East. He said that he would push for a "major programme" of political and economic support for reformist governments in the region at the G8 later this week. Mr Obama will later make a key foreign policy speech to MPs and peers on the second day of his state visit. He is expected to focus on recent developments in the Middle East and the nature of the US-UK relationship.

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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
Geographic Code:9PAKI
Date:May 26, 2011
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