LONDON (APP) - British Foreign Secretary William Hague called on President Asif Ali Zardari on Thursday and matters pertaining to Pak-UK bilateral relations, strategic dial-gue, trade access to EU markets for Pakistans goods, collaboration between the two countries in the fields of trade and investment and education came under discussion during the meeting. British High Commissioner to Pakistan Sir Adam Thomson and Mark Sedwill, UKs Special Representative on Afghanistan and Pakistan accompanied British FM in the meeting. Chairman, Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari was also present during the meeting while others who attended the meeting included Secretary General Salman Farouqi, High Commissioner Wajid Sahamsul Hassan , Spokesperson Farhatullah Babar and other senior officials. Farhatullah Babar while briefing the media said that the President while speaking to Hague said that Pak-UK multidimensional cooperation in various areas especially in socio-economic realms is vital to create opportunities, development and promote peace and security of the region. The President said that Pakistan and the UK have longstanding relations which are based on shared interests and mutual respect. He also emphasised the need for deepening consultation on global and regional issues of peace and stability, enhancing investment and trade, collaboration in the education sector, and cultural and Parliamentary links. The President said that the presence of around one million Pakistani-born diaspora in UK serves as a bridge between the two countries. President Zardari said that government and the people of Pakistan appreciate Britains acknowledgment of Pakistans counter terrorism efforts and its contributions through funding and capacity building. Babar said that the President also highlighted that Pakistan has suffered tremendously in the global fight against militancy and finds its economy greatly ravaged by the war against militancy and terrorism. He reiterated that the war would continue against militants till the complete elimination of this cancer. The President said that the government looked forward to the UK and international community for support and assistance in facing numerous challenges in the fight against militancy. He also called for trade and market access for Pakistani products into European markets to put its economy on the path of stability and prosperity and also to address issues of poverty and unemployment in the war affected areas. The President also appreciated UKs strong support for greater market access for Pakistan in the EU. Hague said that his government would continue to extend all possible support in promoting educational facilities in Pakistan besides employment generation and poverty eradication in various areas of Pakistan. He said, the UK recognizes that no country has suffered more from the scourge of terrorism than Pakistan. He said Pakistan and UK have unbreakable partnership and shared determination to defeat terrorism and violent extremist. He said, It is in the interest of both the countries to sustain the strategic relationship based on mutual respect and mutual trust and benefit. He also assured continued support of the British government to Pakistans efforts in fight against militancy and terrorism and to meet the critical economic challenges facing the country.