Pakistan, UK discuss security, economic cooperation

Tuesday, Mar 8, 2016,16:24 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

Islamabad | Pakistan and the UK today discussed cooperation in security, economic and social sectors under the bilateral ‘Enhanced Strategic Dialogue’ framework. UK foreign secretary Philip Hammond met with advisor on foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz here during his day-long visit to Pakistan.

Aziz said that the two sides reviewed their relations during Hammond’s visit. We hope this review would help to further strengthen our ties with the UK, he said. Aziz said that the two sides have five strands of cooperation: trade and business relations, financial and development cooperation, education and health, consultations on defence and security and cultural cooperation under the Enhanced Strategic Dialogue.

He said both countries in 2014 prepared roadmaps and targets for each strand of cooperation to provide guidance to the concerned ministries and organisations for implementation. Today we reviewed the progress on various aspects of our cooperation including political, trade and investment, education, health, defence. We are grateful for Britain’s assistance and support in many of these areas but specially in the education and health sectors, Aziz said.

The two countries also discussed regional issues including the Afghan peace process and Pakistan’s relations with India, he said. Hammond was in Kabul yesterday and briefed Aziz about his discussions with the Afghan leadership.

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