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British PM Visits Pakistan to Boost Relations

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British Prime Minister David Cameron received a warm welcome on a day-long official visit to Pakistan. The visit came eight months after he sparked a diplomatic row by saying Pakistan should not be allowed to (quote) "look both ways" on terrorism.

British Prime Minister David Cameron was given a formal welcome in Islamabad as he arrived on Tuesday.

Cameron, on a day-long visit to meet the Pakistani leadership, was received by Pakistani Prime Minister Syed Yusaf Raza Gilani at his residence.

Cameron is expected to call for a new start in relations with Pakistan, eight months after sparking a diplomatic row by saying Pakistan should not be allowed to (quote) "look both ways" on terrorism.

Cameron, who made those controversial comments on a trip to India in July 2010, is seeking to improve cooperation on counter-terrorism operations and Afghanistan.

A healthy relationship with Pakistan is seen as key to bringing an end to the decade-long Afghan campaign, in which Britain has committed about 9,500 troops.

While the West has been frustrated by Pakistani efforts to fight extremism in the past, the British government believes Islamabad has made progress in recent months in parts of the northwest where al Qaeda and the Taliban are sheltered.

The two governments will also hold the first meeting of a national security dialogue as part of high-level efforts to improve relations.

The British delegation will also seek to boost trade links, discuss education and stress the need to cement deeper ties.