Defence cooperation with Germany to help fight terror: Gilani

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Islamabad, Sep 5 (UNI) Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said the German government's relaxation in its policy of small arms export to Pakistan will strengthen the country's capability to fight terrorism.

Speaking to German Defence Minister Franz Josef Jung, who called on him at the Prime Minister's House, Mr Gilani said Pakistan greatly valued its relations with Germany which were based on mutual respect and shared perceptions on significant regional and international issues.

''Pakistan is firmly committed to fighting terrorism and an overwhelming majority of Pakistanis, particularly the people in tribal and bordering areas with Afghanistan, are supportive of our anti-terror efforts,'' he said.

The Prime Minister welcomed the growing military and defence cooperation between Pakistan and Germany and said it would help further strengthen bilateral relations.

He noted that high-level contacts were effective tools for strengthening cooperation between the two countries.

Dr Jung assured Mr Gilani of Germany's support in the war against terrorism and said it endorsed Pakistan's current strategy in that war.

He also assured the Prime Minister that his government would consider proposals made by Pakistan for increased defence cooperation between the two countries.

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