Abbasi thanks May on post Brexit trade developments

By Staff Reporter
Saturday – April 21, 2018
ISLAMABAD: Prime minister (PM) Shahid Khaqan Abbasi met United Kingdom (UK) PM Theresa May, on Friday, on the sidelines of the commonwealth leaders retreat at Windsor castle in London, May underscored the importance of enhancing trade between the two countries and held that Pakistan-UK relations are strong.

According to official statements, Abbasi appreciated the appointment of a trade envoy by the UK government to help explore trade and investment opportunities between the two countries, especially in the post Brexit context.

He underscored the importance of strengthening bilateral relations especially in the context of trade and investment and thanked UK for the work done by its development agency in Pakistan.

She appreciated Pakistan’s efforts in fighting terrorism and in this context recalled Abbasi’s reference to more than 100,000 Pakistanis affected in the fight against terrorism over the past 10 years.

May appreciated Abbasi’s efforts in reaching out to Afghanistan especially during his recent visit to Kabul. Abbasi spoke of his visit to Kabul and underscored Pakistan’s commitment to peace and stability in Afghanistan.

He highlighted the plight of the Kashmiri people and urged the international community to respond to the current human rights’ violations in the Indian occupied Kashmir (IOK).

The two leaders discussed matters of bilateral interest.

In response to May’s reference to the recent alleged use of chemical weapons, Abbasi recalled Pakistan’s principled position of condemning any use of chemical weapons and upholding the principles of the United Nations (UN) charter.

Separately, PM Abbasi met prince Charles, the prince of Wales, at Clarence house in London on Friday, Abbasi felicitated Charles on UK’s successful holding of the commonwealth heads of government meeting (CHOGM) 2018 and hoped that the commonwealth under the UK’s chair-in-office will be revitalised and its role in the changing global geopolitical and economic scenario will enhance.

Abbasi highlighted the contributions made by the Pakistani diaspora in the economic prosperity of the UK and its role in bringing the two countries closer and appreciated UK’s assistance in health and education sectors of Pakistan.

Abbasi invited Charles to visit Pakistan at his convenience, Charles thanked Pakistan for its high level participation in the CHOGM 2018 and commended Pakistan’s valuable contribution to the commonwealth.

Meanwhile, Abbasi also met New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern, on Friday, and discussed matters of mutual interest. He articulated Pakistan’s vision, efforts and achievements in the fields of economy, security and sustainable development, while sharing his thoughts on the summit themes of a more prosperous, secure and sustainable future.

While sharing concerns over the rising global trends of protectionism, Abbasi called for an equitable, effective and inclusive multilateral trading system and advocated the need for pathways to greater regular migration and mobility.

He highlighted the significance of connectivity in the context of enhancing trade and investment, describing China Pakistan economic corridor (CPEC) as a model for prosperity nationally and regionally.

Speaking on the theme of sustainable future, Abbasi reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment to pursuing the 2030 agenda for sustainable development, highlighting several national steps in this context.