Prime Minister comments on recent trip to Pakistan

In a statement to the House of Commons the Prime Minister made the following comments about his recent trip to Pakistan:

"On my visit to Pakistan I was greatly encouraged by the commitment of the new Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

His election was the first ever democratic transition in that country from one elected government to another. It represents a precious sign of progress in Pakistan.

We discussed our trade, economic and cultural ties.

We also agreed to work together in countering extremism and radicalisation, investing in education, tackling poverty and dealing with all the issues that can fuel terrorism.

And building on the tri-lateral process that I have been leading between the UK, Afghanistan and Pakistan - I welcomed the Prime Minister's commitment to working with Afghanistan in defeating terrorism across the region."