Islamabad - Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan and former prime minister of United Kingdom David Cameron held a meeting in London and exchanged views on Pakistan-UK bilateral relations, the regional situation and other issues of mutual interest.

Recalling Cameron's landmark statement that "friends of Pakistan are friends of Britain and enemies of Pakistan are enemies of Britain", the interior minister said that the people of Pakistan had great respect for David Cameron whose tenure served to raise the profile and substance of  Pak-UK relations taking them to new heights.

"Your support for Pakistan, its democracy and institutions and especially for the people of Pakistan will always be remembered as a true friend of the country," the spokesperson of the Interior Ministry quoted Nisar as saying.

The two leaders discussed a whole gamut of issues related to Pak-UK relations and the progress achieved so far in various areas.

The former prime minister appreciated Pakistan's efforts in promoting stability in the region and particularly in Afghanistan.   He said he would continue to work for close Pak-UK relations in his personal capacity. 

Cameron wished the government and the people of Pakistan well for the future.

Separately, Nisar also had a meeting with British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson in London on Wednesday. Both sides reiterated their commitment to working hand-in-hand for promoting peace in the region and consolidating Pak-UK relations and taking them to a higher level.

The British foreign secretary also hosted a lunch for Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, who is on a three-day visit to the UK.

The minister in the meeting said that Islamabad had always given importance to its relationship with London since both Pakistan and UK shared common foreign policy goals on many fronts. He maintained that India had closed its doors for talks putting regional security at risk.

The interior minister also raised the issue of Indian involvement in the internal affairs of Pakistan, terming India as the biggest irritant to peace in the region.

He said Pakistan would not be brow beaten by such tactics.

The brazen and unprovoked killing of our soldiers will not go unchallenged, Nisar said.

The interior minister put the onus for the deterioration of Indo-Pak relations squarely on India.

Regarding the Kashmir issue, he said that Pakistan was ready to discuss the issue of Kashmir without conditions.

He said Pakistan would continue to support the just rights of the Kashmiri people and their struggle.

Over the issue of Afghanistan, the minister emphasised that despite Pakistan's sincere efforts for building peace and stability in Afghanistan, the response from the Afghan side had been marked with unfounded suspicion and baseless allegations.

He said that the international community should acknowledge the efforts of Pakistan made for a peaceful Afghanistan since it would also be beneficial for peace in the entire region.

The UK's foreign secretary appreciated the efforts of Pakistani government and its role in the region for peace and development in Afghanistan.