LONDON  - Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar called on her British counterpart William Hague on Tuesday in London during her two-day official visit.

During the meeting both the leaders discussed security situation in South Asia, particularly in Afghanistan and relations of Pakistan and Britain.

They also discussed various facets of the enhanced strategic dialogue framework. Talking to media after the meeting, Hague said the Britain wanted peaceful and long-term relations with the Pakistan. He said both the countries must work together to eliminate terrorism in Afghanistan. He further said that before the Afghan war only one suicide blast had happened in Pakistan. Hague said prosperous Pakistan was in interest of Britain as well as the region.

Pledging to continue better relations with Britain, FM Hina Rabbani Khar said these would never end. She said Britain helped Pakistan to get access to European market and Pakistan was really grateful for that help.

The foreign minister is accompanied by Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit.

Hina said she would meet US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at Thursday’s London meeting on Somalia to discuss the strained ties between Washington and Islamabad.

The foreign minister said she hoped Pakistan and the United States could sort out their differences but warned that there would be preconditions to resetting the relationship.

“Yes, I will be looking forward to meet Secretary Clinton on the sidelines of the Somalia meeting,”Khar said at the press conference with her British counterpart William Hague on her first official visit to London.

Relations between Pakistan and the United States were severely damaged last year by a covert American raid that killed Osama bin Laden and airstrikes that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers, and the alliance remains tense.

“The Pakistani parliament currently is looking at terms of the engagement with the United States,” Khar said.

She said that “red lines” created by Pakistan in its relationship with the United States and Nato had been “crossed repeatedly.” “We hope that for the goals that we share, the shared goals and objectives in the region, that of peace and stability within the region, within Afghanistan, Pakistan and the United States will be able to foster our ties.”

“However, there are certain preconditions for that.”

“And the preconditions are that of firstly what is considered to be in the mutual interest, and pursuing a track which is predictable, which is transparent and which is sustainable. I think the sustainability of this relationship has been missing,” Khar said.

“What we are trying to do in government in Pakistan is to expand the scope of this relationship by giving it parliamentary ownership. So it must not be interpreted as an effort to contract this relationship, but to expand it.”