British High Commissioner meets Speaker BA

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QUETTA: Speaker Balochistan Assembly Ms Rahila Durrani has said Pakistan and Britain have friendly and historic relations which we view with regard.

She said this while welcoming British High Commissioner Thomas Drew who held meeting with her along with British Council Director in Pakistan Ms Rosemary Hilhorst here Tuesday.

Former Balochistan Chief Minister Dr Abdul Malik Baloch, provincial ministers Shaikh Jaffar Mandokhel and Abdul Rahim Ziaratwal were also present.

Matters of mutual interest, promotion of bilateral relations and increasing cooperation in different sectors were exchanged.

She said present government was taking steps for improving education and health sectors . But Britain cooperation in different sectors particularly education and health would be welcomed. British investors can take benefit from investment in the p province and promote cooperation.

Speaker Balochistan Assembly said provincial government was building several small dams to overcome water shortage but depleting underground water level is alarming. There is need to raise underground water level.

She said British Women Parliamentarian should also visit Balochistan. It would not only help the, benefit from parliamentary experiences of women parliamentary with each other but performance of parliamentarians of two countries would benefit them.

Ms Rahila Durrani said there are vast opportunities for increasing culture particularly sectors of women health.

British High Commissioner said he was happy to come to Balochistan first time. Two way relations between Pakistan and Britain are historic and exemplary. Expressing deep interest in education and health as well as China Pakistan Economic Corridor project he said Britain is supportive of this project. It would not only have positive impacts on Pakistan but on entire region.

He told that British Council was launching IELTS test for girl and boy students of the province. Speaker thanked him and said it would promote English language and Balochistan girl and boy students would feel ease to secure scholarships for higher education in Britain and other countries.

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