UK decides to increase export volume with Pakistan

Pakistan desirous of boosting trade ties with UK: FM Qureshi

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Pakistan and the European Union will sign a new strategic engagement plan for strengthening bilateral ties and enhancing cooperation in the fields of trade, investment and energy on June 25 in Brussels. According to the details, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi will arrive in Belgium on a two-day official visit to attend the signing ceremony. FM Qureshi would lead Pakistan’s team while EU Representative for Foreign Relations and Security Policy Federica Mogherini will lead her delegation. During his visit, FM Qureshi would also address the Pakistani community in Brussels. Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Wednesday said that Pakistan gave high values to its relations with the United Kingdom and desired to further strengthen the bilateral economic and trade ties with Britain. Talking to the British Secretary of State for International Development Rory Stewart, Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that the current government was pursuing the agenda of socioeconomic development. He said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) led government would introduce comprehensive reforms in infrastructure development. The foreign minister said, the British Department for International Development has rendered great services in the field of education and health in Pakistan, and we desire further expansion in this cooperation. The British secretary of state for international development assured his country’s cooperation in the matters of mutual interest. British Secretary of State Jeremy Hunt has said that his country has decided to increase export volume with Pakistan from existing four hundred million to one billion pounds to strengthen the bilateral strategic partnership between the two countries. Talking to media alongside Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi in London today, he said relations between Pakistan and the United Kingdom are spread over decades and we renewed these ties Wednesday. The British Secretary of State said he has discussed with his Pakistani counterpart about the restoration of direct flights of British Airways from Islamabad to London, which is a good omen for both the countries. Jeremy Hunt said he held constructive discussions with his Pakistani counterpart regarding bilateral trade, cooperation on international issues, joint strategy to resolve regional tension, and eradication of poverty.

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