Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari has arrived in London for talks with Britain’s prime minister where he hopes a frank exchange will clear the air.
Last week David Cameron infuriated Islamabad after calling on Pakistan to do more to prevent the export of terror. As a result, Friday’s meeting is expected to be a tense encounter.
Hours before landing in Britain, Zardari met the French government and gave a controversial interview to the newspaper Le Monde.
In it he said the international community, to which Pakistan belongs, is losing the war against the Taliban because the battle for hearts and minds was being lost.
As if to underscore those remarks the largest foreign military base in Afghanistan, which lies just outside Kandahar, came under rocket and ground attack by militants.
Despite an increase in the US-dominated foreign force, the Taliban insurgency is currently at its strongest.