Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari is in Paris ahead of what could be a tense trip to London after British Prime Minister David Cameron suggested Islamabad was not doing enough to fight terrorism.
Cameron’s statements came just days after the whistleblower website Wikileaks published classified US intelligence documents that said clear links between ISI and the Afghan Taliban had been established.
A first stop in Paris
Before Zardari lands in London, he will make a two-day stop in Paris. The Pakistani president and French President Nicolas Sarkozy are expected to discuss commercial agreements, as well as more sensitive issues, on Monday.
The two countries have already expressed their wish to improve relations during a previous visit by the Pakistani president in May 2009, highlighting potential cooperation in the development of nuclear energy.
More recently, a French bill to ban the full Islamic veil in any public space has stung Pakistani sensitivities. Islamabad considers this move a violation of the individual rights of Muslims.
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Date created : 2010-08-01