ISLAMABAD - Pakistan and the United Kingdom on Tuesday discussed host of issues of mutual interest including Afghanistan, South Asia, war against terrorism and regional security at a high-level meeting chaired by President Asif Ali Zardari here at the Aiwan-e-Sadr. The UK team was headed by the visiting UK National Security Adviser, Sir Peter Ricketts, Sir David Richards, Chief of Defence Staff, Sir John Sawers, Chief of SIS (Secret Intelligence Service) and Adam Thomson, UK high Commissioner in Pakistan. General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Ahmad Shuja Pasha, DG ISI, Senator Rehman A Malik, Interior Minister, Salman Faruqui and Salman Bashir, Foreign Secretary also attended the meeting. Briefing the media about the meeting, Spokesperson to the President Farhatullah Babar said that the discussion focused issues related to Afghanistan, South Asia, war against terrorism and regional security. He said that the visit of UK National Security Adviser and meeting with the President was an important component of enhanced partnership with UK that was agreed between the two countries during President Zardaris visit in August last year. The spokesperson said that the visit and interactions with Pakistani leaders were aimed at continuation of dialogue at high levels, improving understanding on various issues and bridging divergence of perceptions. Discussing Afghanistan situation, the President said that peace and stability in Afghanistan was necessary for regional peace and emphasised on Afghan-led peace process in that country. The President said that any initiative on Afghanistan should have Afghan ownership and it should also ensure that its soil would not be used against any other country. Pakistan stands for peaceful, stable, friendly and united Afghanistan, as Pakistan is directly impacted by any development relating to Afghanistan, the President said. The President said that Pakistan had rendered great sacrifices both human and material than any other country in the ongoing fight against militancy and terrorism. He said that this was a long-drawn battle where force alone could not achieve victory, as it was also a battle of hearts and minds. The President said that the government besides following its policy of dialogue, development and deterrence is also undertaking measures to wean away the youth falling into the traps of militants.