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UK wants to strengthen relationship with Pakistan: High Commissioner

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The British High Commissioner to Pakistan Christian Turner has said that the UK government look forward to strengthen relationship with Pakistan in years to come by capitalizing opportunities to advance shared goals of security, stability, and prosperity in South Asia.

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His remarks came in a meeting with the National Security Advisor Dr. Moeed Yusuf in Islamabad on Thursday.

In the meeting, both sides agreed to strengthen bilateral ties in multiple spheres including trade and investment. They stressed the need for further strengthening the diplomatic ties.

In view of prevailing situation in Afghanistan, they agreed the need for the international community to stay engaged while averting a humanitarian crisis and economic collapse in the war-torn Country.

The possibility of support for basic needs in addition to humanitarian assistance was discussed, especially with regard to the health and education sectors.

Dr. Moeed Yusuf said “It would be imperative for the regional and international partners to constructively engage with Afghanistan including by supporting the country’s economy, reconstruction, rehabilitation and humanitarian needs”.

The British High commissioner praised the efforts of Dr. Moeed Yusuf for devising first National Security Policy of Pakistan.

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