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Cameron to meet new Pakistan PM

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David Cameron and President Asif Ali ZardariDavid Cameron has already met Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari during his visit

David Cameron is in Pakistan to hold talks with its newly elected prime minister Nawaz Sharif.

The British prime minister is on a two-day official visit to Pakistan, where Mr Sharif was recently re-elected for an unprecedented third time.

Mr Cameron will stress the importance of relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan for regional stability, as well as trade and security issues.

It follows his talks with Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari on Saturday.

'Power of influence'

Mr Cameron earlier said good relations between Pakistan and Britain would be an important part of securing a stable future for Afghanistan.

"We have a good relationship with Pakistan, it's a long-standing relationship," he said during a press conference in Kabul.

"We have a very clear view which is that it's in Pakistan's short, medium and long-term interest to have a secure, stable and prosperous Afghanistan with which they have a good and strong relationship."

Mr Cameron said Mr Sharif's election victory gave him credibility and a "certain power of influence" to encourage the Taliban on the path to peace in the region.

He said: "I think that he is in a strong position because Pakistan has had this democratic transition, which is a huge bonus for Pakistan and will raise its profile in a good way in the eyes of the world.

"Increasingly Pakistan knows it's in its best interests to have a stable Afghanistan as its neighbour."

But the prime minister stressed his talks with Mr Sharif would not focus solely on Afghanistan and would encompass "prosperity, security and trade".

Mr Cameron previously visited Afghanistan, where he met troops at Camp Bastion and held talks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

In Pakistan, he visited the national monument where he met people taking part in the British Council's Active Citizens programme.

Mr Sharif served previous terms as Pakistan prime minister in 1990 to 1993, and 1997 to 1999.

He was deposed by General Musharraf and given a jail term, and later went into exile in Saudi Arabia before returning in 2007.

He won a surprise landslide victory in Pakistan's general elections in May.

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