UK minister holds meeting with Qureshi

Islamabad:  United Kingdom’s Minister of State for Commonwealth and United Nations Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon called on Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in Islamabad on Monday.

The Foreign Minister underlined the need for increased cooperation in trade, investment and education spheres. He acknowledged assistance of UK’s Department for International Development for advancement of education and health sectors in Pakistan.

The Foreign Minister appreciated the invaluable contribution made by the Pakistani Diaspora in the United Kingdom, especially in deepening people-to-people contacts.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi also briefed him on the immense potential and opportunities for tourism in Pakistan and steps taken by the government to promote this sector.

The Foreign Minister also highlighted the alleged human rights violationsin Kashmir.

Lord Ahmad lauded the government’s reform agenda in socio-economic sectors and recognized the improved security situation in the country.

He briefed on the prospects of post-Brexit trade and assured his government’s continued support in this regard.

He also stressed upon the need to further intensify cooperation at the multilateral fora, including at the UN and the Commonwealth of Nations, in particular in the fields of cyber-security, environment and human rights.

Lord Ahmad expressed desire to work closely with the Government of Pakistan and the Pakistani Diaspora in UK to further deepen bilateral ties.