| GEO Pakistan|
| President Zardari holds important talks with Gordon Brown on Tuesday|
| Updated at: 2119 PST, Monday, September 15, 2008|
LONDON: President Asif Ali Zardari and the British Prime Minister Gordon Brown will engage in crucial talks here on Tuesday aimed at finding ways to diffuse the current explosive situation in Pakistan’s tribal region exacerbated by unprovoked US missiles firing.
This will be Brown’s first meeting with the newly elected democratic civilian President of Pakistan who is on private visit to the United Kingdom.
While the bilateral ties between the two countries are already on a sound footing with UK being Pakistan’s third largest trading partner within the European Union, it is the prevailing situation along the Pak-Afghan border and in FATA, which is causing concern and anger in Pakistan.
The people of Pakistan have felt outraged over five attacks in the past 10 days including incursion into the village of Angoor Adda by US forces, which left at least 20 people including women and children dead.
President Zardari will stress on the British Prime Minister to exert his influence on US Administration to halt the unauthorized bombings.
Officials at the Pakistan High Commission said President Zardari will underscore the importance of giving the newly established democracy in his country enough space to secure its mooring and help revive sagging economy.
The meeting is taking place against the backdrop of UK support of US plans to commission a new and more comprehensive military strategy covering both sides of Pak-Afghan border.