The visit of Asif Ali Zardari to the UK was surrounded with tension. Not only was Zardari leaving behind a country facing its worst floods in 80 years but he was travelling to meet a prime minister who only days beforehand had told an audience in India that elements within Pakistan were exporting terrorism.
In the end, two beaming leaders emerged to greet the media and tell them what a great friendship they had struck up. Some of this of course was diplomatic posturing. But it was clear something had changed, and the air had been rapidly and dramatically cleared. Read more