ISLAMABAD - President Asif Ali Zardari Thursday said that Pakistans economy was hit hard by almost a decade-long global war on terror in the region and inside the country, and asked the world to give access to its products in the US and European markets to help the country meet the challenges of poverty and unemployment. Our economy has been bruised by the war against militancy, Spokesperson to the President quoted him as telling the British Foreign Secretary David Miliband, who called on the President here Thursday at the Presidency. The President hosted dinner for the visiting British Foreign Secretary. They also discussed matters relating to bilateral relations between the two countries, focusing also on the efforts for the relief and rehabilitation of the displaced people and ways and means for the economic turnaround. Earlier, talking to the visiting British Foreign Secretary at Prime Minister House, Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani also emphasized the need for enhanced market access to Pakistani products to help the country overcome the prevailing economic challenges. Gilani also underlined the imperative need for capacity building of the personnel of law enforcement agencies to fill in the vacuum, which would be created by withdrawal of armed forces from the affected areas. He regretted that international promises to properly equip and provide for the needed funding required for paying adequately to LEAs personnel are yet to be fulfilled. In response to Pakistans request, the British Foreign Secretary said that he was convinced of Pakistans genuine need for enhanced market access abroad and assured the Prime Minister of his governments complete support to Pakistan in getting GSP Plus arrangement from the EU and for starting free trade agreement negotiations. He also reaffirmed his governments continued support to Pakistan, at this critical juncture, in every way possible by stating that UK would stand by Pakistan through thick and thin to help it succeed against militancy and terrorism. In the meeting with the President those who were present included Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator Rehman Malik, Minister for Interior, Salman Bashir, Secretary Foreign Affairs and other senior officials. Robert Brinkley, British High Commissioner in Pakistan was also present. President hailed the UKs support for the IDPs. Responding to that, David Miliband again assured full support of his government in the rehabilitation of the IDPs and in helping Pakistan overcome its economic challenges. While referring to his recent visit to the camp of the displaced people David Miliband said that displaced persons had rendered immense sacrifices in war against terror and needed more attention of the world community. Earlier in his meeting with Miliband, the Prime Minister said that with the return of dislocated persons of Malakand Division to their abodes starting from July 13 the crucial phase of their rehabilitation and reconstruction in the militancy affected areas had started and the international community must come forward to help Pakistan in this crucial process. The Prime Minister commended the fact that a substantial portion of assistance pledged by the UK to Pakistan for 2009-2012 period would be for education and health sectors and hence would help the Government of Pakistan in improving the socio-economic infrastructure in NWFP and FATA. Responding to the British Secretary of States offer of deputing an expert in implementation of education policy to Pakistan, the Prime Minister apprised him of his governments plans of introducing reforms in Madrassas and welcomed the offer of British assistance in this regard. The Prime Minister took up the matter relating to the arrest of Pakistani students with the British Secretary of State and expressed his governments concern over their continued detention without any tangible evidence. He hoped that the students would be released and allowed to complete their studies and their media trial on unfounded grounds would come to an end. He also stated that while Pakistan had agreed to receive British experts for exploratory talks on British proposal of signing of an MoU on Deportation With Assurances (DWA), given the nature of linkages and relations, Pakistan should not be bracketed in the category of countries with which UK had concluded DWA agreement. The British Foreign Secretary, while acknowledging Pakistans colossal human and economic sacrifices in rooting out militancy and terrorism from its territory, expressed his condolences on the loss of lives of Pakistan armed forces and law enforcement agencies personnel. Meanwhile, British Foreign Secretary David Miliband also called on Federal Minister for Interior Rehman Malik and discussed with him matters of mutual interest. British Foreign Secretary was informed about the actions taken by the Ministry of Interior and law-enforcement agencies against the terrorists. The British Foreign Secretary appreciated the role of the Ministry of Interior and the action of the law enforcement agencies against terrorists and expressed full support of the United Kingdom in Pakistans efforts to combat terrorism. The Minister for Interior and the British Foreign Secretary agreed to continue their efforts against terrorism.