At a press conference along with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Ban ki-moon acknowledged Pakistan's sacrifices in the war against terrorism. The UN Secretary General said the world body will continue to extend full support to Pakistan in fighting terrorism.

He said Pakistan was an important partner and promoter of peace and was the largest contributor to the UN peace keeping missions.

Describing the recently-held general elections in Pakistan as a milestone in the country's history, Ban said it was high time for both Pakistan and the UN to further deepen their relations in different spheres.

He expressed sympathy with the victims of the current floods and said Pakistan was among the countries most vulnerable to climate change and natural calamities. "The United Nations will work with Pakistan to better prepare it face natural disasters," Ban ki-moonsaid.

Welcoming Pakistan's progress in achieving millennium development goals, he said it was important that the Pakistani government further accelerate their efforts to promote education. He said Pakistan and the UN have agreed to further strengthen partnership in addressing regional and global issues.

(Agencies)

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