Pakistan and Britain vow to enhance bilateral ties in diverse fields
Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood held a video call with the British Minister of State for South Asia and the Commonwealth, Lord Tariq Ahmad, on 8 September 2020.
Views were exchanged on matters relating to bilateral cooperation, regional situation, and multilateral issues including climate change and Commonwealth.
Pakistan and the UK enjoy close friendly ties, based on historic linkages and shared perceptions on a broad range of regional and international issues. The two sides discussed ways to further advance the mutual cooperation.
Bilaterally, the importance of frequent high-level exchanges, a closer trade and economic partnership, and stronger role of the diaspora in forging a robust bilateral relationship was emphasized. The two sides also appreciated their close collaboration that resulted in timely repatriation of stranded nationals due to Covid-19.
In the regional context, the Foreign Secretary shared Pakistan’s perspective on Afghanistan — reiterating Pakistan’s steadfast support for the Afghan peace process and underlining the need for the earliest commencement of Intra-Afghan Negotiations.