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When asked if the Prime Minister would raise the subject of British military trainers being expelled from Pakistan, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) told the assembled press that this was an opportunity to build on the Prime Minister’s visit to Pakistan in April and to enhance our cooperation on a number of issues. The PMS said that during the visit, the Prime Minister launched the UK-Pakistan Enhanced Strategic Dialogue, which covered business and trade, economy and development, education and health, security and defence, and culture.

This meeting would be an opportunity to discuss how work in those areas was progressing, as well as discussing how the two countries could work together to tackle terrorism. The PMS added that Bin Laden’s death was an opportunity to make further progress against violent extremist groups in Pakistan which threatened the security in both our countries. The PMS said that the way was now clear for the Taliban to make a decisive break from al Qaida and join the political process.

Asked again on military trainers, the PMS said that the teams were ready to redeploy at the first opportunity. On why Pakistan had made the request, the PMS said she would not get into security matters.

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