Pakistan’s president has met David Cameron amid diplomatic tension between their two countries over Afghanistan.
President Zardari is the first foreign leader invited to the prime minister’s official country residence. But earlier he risked further division by saying the international coalition was losing the war.
The comment followed Cameron’s recent warning to Pakistan not to ‘look both ways’ on terrorism. That caused fury in Pakistan, but with the country in the midst of its worst floods in 80 years many Pakistanis are also angry that their own leader is abroad.
Today the two men will discuss the international response to the floods. Britain is a major aid donor to Pakistan and has given 12 million euros for relief efforts.
The disaster is having a crippling effect on the economy. Entire villages have been swallowed up and crops destroyed.
At least 1600 people have been killed and four million made homeless.
The flood waters are now bearing down on the south, threatening Karachi, the country’s largest city.