Prime Minister leaves for United Kingdom

Islamabad: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will leave United Kingdom today (Wednesday) at the invitation of British Prime Minister David Cameron. This invitation was reiterated in a recent letter by the British Prime Minister.

During the visit, the Prime Minister will hold discussions on important issues of bilateral interest, but his primary purpose in all his meetings and engagements with key British Secretaries of State and his address at an Investment Conference and meetings with select chief executives and investors from the financial and energy sectors would be to apprise them on improving business environment in Pakistan. The Prime Minister will also meet members of the Pakistan Diaspora.

The “Pakistan-UK Enhanced Strategic Dialogue” (ESD) was signed during the first official visit of British Prime Minister, David Cameron to Islamabad on 5th April 2011. The ESD identifies following five strands of cooperation: (i) Trade and Business Relations (ii) Financial, Macro-Economic Stabilization and Development Cooperation (iii) Education and Health (iv) Defence and Security, and (v) Cultural Cooperation.

The second round of ESD was held during the recent visit of Mr. Sartaj Aziz, Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs to London on 13th March 2014. This was followed by the visit of Sir Kim Darroch, National Security Advisor to Islamabad on 2nd April. These two visits set the stage for Prime Minister’s visit. During the visit, the two sides are expected to discuss progress in five strands of cooperation.

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