ISLAMABAD - President Asif Ali Zardari on Wednesday stressed the need for enhancing bilateral cooperation between Pakistan and Britain in diverse areas mainly trade, investment and educational development. Talking to Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles, British Foreign Secretarys Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, who called on him at Aiwan-e-Sadr, the President said the partnership should be in view to eliminate militancy and terrorism from Pakistan and promote peace in the region and the world. The matters relating to bilateral relations of the two countries, access to Pakistani products in European Union markets, regional issues, Pakistans fight against militancy and the forthcoming Pak-EU Summit were discussed in the meeting. Salman Faruqui, Secretary General to the President, Senator Sughra Imam, federal secretaries of the foreign affairs, defence, and interior and senior government officials also attended the meeting. British Deputy High Commissioner in Pakistan Peter Tibber was also present. The President said that Pakistan looked forward for continued support of the British Government for access to Pakistani products into the EU markets and initiation of the process regarding free trade agreement. This would help boost Pakistans economy and alleviate poverty by generating employment opportunities in the country, he said. President Zardari said any initiative on Afghanistan should ensure Afghan ownership as well as territorial integrity of the country and that its soil was not used against any of its neighbours. Pakistan stands for peaceful, stable, friendly and united Afghanistan, as Pakistan receives direct impacts from any development relating to Afghanistan, the President said. The President while referring to the military surge in Afghanistan stressed the need for close coordination to avoid negative fallouts on the Pakistan and cautioned that any actions might push Afghan insurgents into Balochistan province. Development in Afghanistan should be a matter of high priority as prosperity can help stem the rising tide of terrorism and militancy, the President said and added that Pakistan is making significant contribution in the reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan. The President during the meeting has also drawn attention of the international community towards the early return of over 3 million afghan refugees still residing in Pakistan. He appreciated the UKs development assistance worth 665 million and additional 50 million assistance to support Pakistans development plans. The President underlined the need for greater cooperation in the education sector as a long-term measure to fight the extremist mindset and expressed hope that the Pakistan-UK Education Task Force would make speedy progress. Earlier, the UKs Special Envoy for Pakistan and Afghanistan on Wednesday called on Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi. According to sources, Shah Mehmood and Sharad Kowper discussed the matters related to the US Pak-Afghanistan policy and problems confronting Pakistan in war against terrorism in details. According to an official, Mr Kowper praised Pakistans role in fighting militancy and extremism in the region and assured Pakistan of Britains support in tackling multiple crisis confronting Pakistan. It is pertinent to mention here that Sharad Kowper Coles has visited Islamabad at a time when Afghan President Hamid Karzai is also on an official visit to Pakistan. According to well-informed sources, the UK Envoys recent visit to Islamabad was aimed at taking Pakistan into confidence over the new US Pakistan-Afghanistan policy. Sharad Kowper is said to have asked Pakistan to play its role in reconstruction of Afghanistan.