Islamabad: Foreign Minister of Pakistan Ms Hina Rabbani Khar has said that the UK and Pakistan have agreed to further strengthen relationships in the fields of economy, trade, education and culture. She was addressing the Pakistani origin media in London today. Ms Khar said that her visit to the UK was a part of Pakistan’s outreach efforts to counter the negative and hostile narrative about Pakistan.
She said that her address at Oxford University and Chatham House was aimed at the public diplomacy which is the need of the hour. She further said that public diplomacy and outreach by Pakistan would be strengthened in the important capitals of the world in coming times. She specifically urged the Pakistani Diaspora abroad to help build positive image of Pakistan. Briefing about her official engagements, she termed all her meetings very successful and well attended.
She said relations with the UK would touch new heights as by next year Pakistan would likely become the largest recipient of the UK aid especially in education sector. The Minister said that Prime Minister of Pakistan would visit the UK sometime in May this year and before his visit Pak-UK trade and investment roadmap would be prepared.
She mentioned that Prime Ministers of both the countries had already agreed that the bilateral trade volume would be taken to 2.5 billion pound by 2015. On Afghanistan, Ms Khar said that the UK not only recognized but also supported Pakistan’s stance that Afghan reconciliation process should be led by the people of Afghanistan.
Answering a question about Pakistan-US relations, the minister said that Parliament was reviewing the terms of cooperation that would lend credibility and transparency to the bilateral relations and make them sustainable. She said she was optimistic about future relationship with the US.
To another query about Iran, she said that Pakistan supports negotiations on nuclear issue with Iran and that any attack on Iran would serious jeopardise the situation in the region.
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