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Foreign Minister Holds Talks with British Secretary of State for International Development

Islamabad: Foreign Minister Ms Hina Rabbani Khar said that Pakistan is pursuing its structural economic reforms despite economic and security challenges so as to achieve desired economic stability, says a press release received from London here today.

The Minister was talking to Mr Andrew Mitchell British Secretary of State for International Development here this afternoon.

While briefing the British Minister, she highlighted the difficulties Pakistan is facing because of the energy crisis that is directly impacting the economic growth and development. She expressed confidence that both friendly countries will be able to explore the possibilities to devise plan to help in meeting the energy needs of Pakistan. The Minister appreciated the support extended by UK in the EU for the GFP Plus status to Pakistan.

Mr Andrew Mitchell the Secretary of State for International Development said that he is visiting Pakistan next month and would discuss all the development related issues in detail both with the Federal and Provincial Governments.

He assured that Pakistan can count on UK for complete support on the international forums to help minimise its socio-economic challenges. He also expressed confidence that economic ties established between the two countries would greatly facilitate in achieving the trade target of £2.5 billion by the year 2015 between the two friendly countries.

The Secretary of State for International Development appreciated the efforts made by the Government of Pakistan for the tax reforms as well as structural economic reform to further improve its economy despite numerous challenges. He hoped that Pakistan will continue to focus upon social sector development particularly the education.

The meeting was attended by the High Commissioner of Pakistan in UK Mr Wajid Shamsul Hassan and senior officials from both the sides.

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