British Foreign Secretary calls on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif

Islamabad, July 18, 2013 (PPI-OT): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, today received the British Foreign Secretary, William Hague, who is on a visit to Pakistan. Secretary Hague was accompanied by the British High Commissioner in Islamabad and other senior officials. The Prime Minister was assisted by the Advisor on National Security and Foreign Affairs, the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs and the Foreign Secretary.

The two leaders discussed the entire spectrum of bilateral relations and expressed satisfaction at the direction and trajectory of the relationship. They noted that the visit, last month, of Prime Minister David Cameron sent the right message for an enduring partnership between the two countries.

The two leaders focused particularly on the Government of Pakistan’s priorities of revitalizing the economy, dealing with the energy crisis, creating a pro-business and pro-investment climate, and improving the security situation.

They discussed how UK can contribute in these areas and benefit from investment and business opportunities in Pakistan. The Prime Minister also requested Britain’s continued support for Pakistan’s efforts to secure GSP plus status with the European Union.

The two leaders also discussed the situation in the region, including Afghanistan. The Prime Minister reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment to support all initiatives aimed at promoting peace and stability in Afghanistan.

The Prime Minister also apprised Secretary Hague of initiatives aimed at improving relations with India, including the revival of back channel diplomacy and the resumption of the dialogue process. Secretary Hague expressed full support for all the initiatives and reaffirmed British friendship for Pakistan and Britain’s desire to contribute to Pakistan’s development and prosperity.

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