London - Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif met his British counterpart David Cameron here Saturday afternoon and discussed a wide range of issues pertaining to bilateral cooperation as well as regional and international situation, including the current situation in the Middle East.

The two leaders expressed satisfaction that relations between the two countries have substantially strengthened in recent years. They expressed confidence that bilateral ties would see further enhancement especially in the area of trade and economy.

Prime Minister Cameron, while acknowledging the sacrifices rendered by Pakistan, appreciated the efforts to eradicate extremism and terrorism from its soil and said UK would continue to assist and extend cooperation to Pakistan in this regard.

PM Nawaz Sharif appreciated UK’s cooperation and assistance in the areas of security and counterterrorism. Special Assistant to PM, Mr Tariq Fatemi and Pakistan’s High Commissioner Syed Ibne Abbas accompanied the prime minister in the meeting at 10 Downing Street. Pakistan’s Premier is currently in London on a three-day visit at the invitation of Prime Minister David Cameron. He arrived in the UK on Friday and is expected to meet with different British leaders and business executives during his visit.

Prior to his meeting with Cameron, Nawaz Sharif along with the other world leaders attended a ceremony to commemorate 100 years of the Battle of Gallipoli. Besides Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the commemoration was attended by Queen Elizabeth II, Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip, Prince Charles, Prime Minister David Cameron, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Labour Party leader Ed Miliband along with several leaders and representatives of Commonwealth countries as well as Turkey.

The commemoration event was held at The Cenotaph, a memorial erected for those who took part in the campaign. Prime Minister Sharif alongwith other world leaders laid wreath at the war memorial. British Queen Elizabeth II laid the first wreath followed by the British prime minister and others.

The year 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the battle fought in the Dardanelles Strait in Canakkale province’s peninsula of Gallipoli during the World War I, at which there was a turnaround in favor of the Turks and other Ottoman citizens fighting against the Allied Forces. The Gallipoli war was fought from April 1915 to January 1916 in which about 45,000 soldiers of European countries were killed.