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Pakistan seeks to boost strategic partnership with UK: PM

01-12-2012 15:08 BJT

ISLAMABAD, Jan. 12 (Xinhua) -- Pakistan Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani said that Pakistan wanted to enhance strategic partnership with the United Kingdom and also to expand trade relations to new heights for which conducive environment existed between the two countries, local media reported on Thursday.

He talked to British Minister for Trade and Investment Lord Green and Baroness Saeeda Warsi, who called on him at the Prime Minister House in Islamabad.

The Prime Minister highlighted the importance of activating bilateral business and investment fora between the two countries and exchange of business and investment delegations to accelerate economic activities.

He appreciated UK's support in the European Union for GSP Plus (Generalized System of Preferences Plus) scheme for Pakistan so that its exports to the European Union could increase substantially.

The Prime Minister said that UK's assistance to the earthquake and flood victims was commendable as it helped mitigate their sufferings.

He said that the UK's assistance in the field of Primary Education and Industry was exemplary as the UK is the second largest investor in Pakistan.

The Prime Minister added that he was looking forward to his visit to UK in April to meet the British leadership and the business community there.

He also appreciated UK's support in the Benazir Income Support Programme, which was the country's largest social safety net and was meant to target women and the poor.

The Prime Minister asked Lord Green to convey his best wishes to the British Prime Minister.

Lord Green said that Pakistan and UK have extensive cooperation in many fields ranging from trade, culture, education to defence.

He said that he would go to Karachi and meet the businessmen there with a view to further enhancing trade between the two sides.


Editor:Bai Yang |Source: Xinhua

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