UK home secretary calls on President

Islamabad: Ms Theresa May, British Home Secretary today called on President Mamnoon Hussain at the Aiwan-e-Sadr and discussed Pak-UK bilateral relations during the meeting.

Ms Theresa May felicitated the President on assuming his responsibilities as the President of the country and expressed the hope that Pak-UK relations would further strengthen during his tenure.

The President thanked Ms Theresa May and said that Pakistan and the UK have longstanding relations based on shared interests and mutual respect. He said that Pakistan was keen to further strengthen its strategic and cooperative ties with UK in diverse fields with focus on trade and economic ties.

Discussing bilateral relations, the President expressed satisfaction on the progress made in Enhanced Strategic Dialogue and urged for more concerted efforts to jack up the bilateral trade volume to new heights adding that there exists huge potential of trade and investment that needs to be explored for the mutual benefit of the people of the two countries.

The President appreciated the British Government’s support and advocacy of Pakistan’s case for greater market access of Pakistani goods to the EU and expressed the hope that British government would also continue to extend its valuable support for inclusion of Pakistan in the GSP Plus scheme.

Discussing regional situation, the President said that Pakistan considers regional peace and security vital for its own socioeconomic interests and it would continue to support all efforts aimed at promoting peace, stability and development in the region.

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