The Pakistani president has defended his country’s record on fighting terrorism on a visit to France. It comes after the British prime minister accused Islamabad of not doing enough to combat militants.
However Asif Ali Zardari and his French counterpart did not reportedly discuss David Cameron’s remarks.
“France feels that Pakistan is a responsible partner in the world and I have the President Sarkozy word that is coming to Pakistan this year by the end of the year,” Zardari said.
Cameron’s remarks in India, Pakistan’s arch regional rival, followed classified U.S. military reports published on the WikiLeaks website detailing concerns that Pakistan’s Inter-Service Intelligence agency had aided Taliban militants.
A spokeswoman for Cameron said he stood by his comments which sparked protests and a diplomatic row.
Pakistan’s spy chief cancelled a trip to Britain and the country’s High Commissioner to Pakistan was also summoned to a meeting to clarify the remarks.
But Zardari still plans to visit the UK on Wednesday for talks on “a broad range of bilateral issues.”