An unbreakable partnership: British Foreign Secretary


Islamabad: The UK Foreign Secretary, Mr William Hague arrived in Islamabad earlier today, Thursday 23 June, on his second trip to Pakistan since taking up his position last year.

Mr Hague met with Acting Foreign Minister, Hina Rabbani Khar to continue discussions on the UK-Pakistan Enhanced Strategic Dialogue that was launched by the UK and Pakistani Prime Ministers in April.

At a press conference held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mr Hague said:

“There is an unbreakable partnership between Pakistan and the UK. There is much that binds our countries together: the opportunities for trade, a shared determination to defeat terrorism and violent extremism and the strong cultural and family ties between our peoples, not least through the one million British citizens who have family connections here in Pakistan. It is in the interest of both our countries’ to sustain an enduring, broad-based and strategic relationship based on mutual respect, mutual trust and mutual benefit.”

“We have reviewed the steps taken already to meet the aims set out by our two Prime Ministers of increasing trade in goods and services between our two countries to £2.5 billion by 2015. The UK is Pakistan’s greatest advocate for market access to the EU – something which could dramatically increase Pakistan’s exports and we will continue to advocate in the months ahead.”

The Foreign Secretary added:

“Pakistan is on the front line of terrorism, making bigger sacrifices against terrorism than any other country on the planet, and it is right that the UK should stand with you to combat terrorism. As David Cameron said in this context, “Pakistan’s enemy is our enemy.” We are committed to increase our mutual cooperation including through our National Security dialogues”

“On education, the UK will focus over the next four years on helping Pakistan get more than four million children into school; recruiting and training an additional 90,000 new teachers and providing more than six million sets of text books.”

For more information, contact:
George Sherriff
Press Attaché
British High Commission
Islamabad
Tel: +9251 201 2000
Cell: +92300 500 5306
Website: http://ukinpakistan.fco.gov.uk

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