PR No. 238 MEETING BETWEEN THE ADVISER TO THE PRIME MINISTER ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND BRITISH FOREIGN SECRETARY BORIS JOHNSON Islamabad: November 24, 2016
The Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs received Mr. Boris Johnson, British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs at the Foreign Office today.
The two sides reviewed the progress of bilateral cooperation in the areas of common interest and reiterated their commitment to further strengthening this relationship by increasing trade, promoting investment and creating greater opportunities for cultural cooperation.
Both sides expressed satisfaction at the progress of the “Enhanced Strategic Dialogue” (ESD) which sets out the priority areas for cooperation, including: trade and investment, culture and education and security. It was agreed to intensify efforts to further strengthen cooperation under this framework.
The two sides also discussed regional and global issues. The Adviser briefed Boris Johnson about the current situation in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir and the massive human rights violations being committed against innocent Kashmiris. The importance of the UK’s role in reducing tension between Pakistan and India was also underscored. The British Foreign Secretary called for early resumption of dialogue and the need for de-escalation of tensions between Pakistan and India.
The British Foreign Secretary acknowledged the sacrifices made by Pakistan in its fight against terrorism.