Pakistan keen for a civil nuclear cooperation with France: Asif Ali Zardari

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  1. EagleOne

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    Pakistan is keen on a "serious and substantive engagement" with France in civil nuclear cooperation, president Asif Ali Zardari said today.

    Zardari, currently on an official visit to France, made the remarks during a meeting with his French counterpart Nicolas Sarkozy, an official statement said.

    Zardari also called for the early establishment of a framework for a strategic dialogue between the two sides.

    Pakistan has stepped up efforts to gain access to civil nuclear technology since its rival India concluded a landmark deal with the US a few years ago.

    It has urged the world community to adopt a "non-discriminatory" approach in civil nuclear cooperation.

    Zardari is on his second visit to France in 14 months and had raised the issue of civil nuclear cooperation during his last visit too.

    During his talks with Sarkozy, Zardari sought the establishment of a ministerial-level Joint Economic Commission, aggressive support for preferential access to EU markets and parliamentary exchanges to deepen political understanding between the two countries.

    The president also called for "massive international assistance" to help Pakistan cope with the situation arising out of floods that had washed away hundreds of villages and killed hundreds of people in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.

    Presidential spokesperson Farhatullah Babar quoted Zardari as saying that Pakistan attached great importance to ongoing defence cooperation with France, including the upgrade of Agosta submarines.

    Zardari also stressed the need to further strengthen defence cooperation between the two countries.

    Referring to Pakistan's campaign against militancy, Zardari said his government "had built political consensus and given ownership to the war against terror" even as the country paid a "huge cost in terms of human and material losses".

    It was "unfortunate if some people continued to express doubts and misgivings about our will and determination to fight the militants to the finish", he said.

    "Such misgivings will only undermine the international effort against militants and extremists," he said.

    Pakistan's efforts and contributions have not been matched by international support, he added.

    The meeting was also attended by Zardari's son and Pakistan People's Party chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, defence minister Chaudhry Ahmad Mukhtar and foreign secretary Salman Bashir.

    Zardari will meet foreign minister Bernard Kouchner tomorrow before leaving France on Tuesday evening for a four-day visit to Britain, during which he will meet prime minister David Cameron.

    http://www.dnaindia.com/world/repor...peration-with-france-asif-ali-zardari_1417980
     
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  3. LETHALFORCE

    LETHALFORCE Moderator Moderator

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    arya Senior Member Senior Member

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    what the France reply to them can anyone tell
     
  5. EagleOne

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    they cant get it unless NSG give them a wavier .....most of the countries worried about their proliferation
     
  6. Neil

    Neil Senior Member Senior Member

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    why on every meeting with a world leader does pakistan take out nuclear issue ...??its like without it pakistan's existence is in doubt....or may be its prestige....GOD knows....!!
     
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    If india would had not got the nuclear deals with nsg waiver then pakistan would had not bothered for it for like few decades to come. That is their reality. Now they badly badly want it just because we already got it.
     
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    They are desperate to show home audiences that they are at par with India and they are also recognized by world powers. After rebuked by India and China nuclear deal hanging in Limbo due to American and Indian pressures they are desperate to get atleast something. Bad luck that their past proliferation record is coming in as big hindrance for such deals.
     

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