Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Wednesday called the killing of Al Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden as a ‘great victory’, even as he held talks with France Defence minister Gerard Longuet on defence cooperation between both the countries.

Gilani, who arrived in Paris on Wednesday, said the killing of bin Laden in a special US operation was a “great victory” and hoped that it would be a “great setback” to the international terror network, a news agency reported.

He said Pakistan’s counter-terrorism measures had broken the back of the terrorists and they were now on the run and that Pakistan was endeavoring to eliminate the menace of terrorism and extremism.

On defence ties with France, Gilani said modern defence equipment can help his country in the ongoing military operation against extremists and terrorists.

France has been a supplier of military hardware to Pakistan and Pakistan Air Force has the largest worldwide fleet of Mirages III and V.

The two sides are in talks for provision of French military hardware including helicopters and ammunition to Pakistan.

Gilani sought technical expertise and its transfer for capacity building of Pakistani Armed Forces.