UK and Pakistan agree on ‘deepening economic and trade partnership’

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar (left) meets British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in Kigali, Rwanda
  • Hina Rabbani meets Britain’s Johnson on the sidelines of CHOGM.
  • The two leaders agree to deepen the economic partnership.
  • They also exchange views on Afghanistan, other issues.

KIGALI: Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson agreed on Friday to strengthen trade relations between the two countries.

The Minister of State spoke with the British Prime Minister on the sidelines of the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Kigali, Rwanda, where she leads the Pakistani delegation.

In a brief statement on Twitter, Khar told CHOGM that the two leaders agreed on “deepening Pak-UK trade, economic partnership and further exploiting the dynamic bridge of the Diaspora”.

“…also exchanged views on Afghanistan and other issues of mutual concern,” the Minister of State added.

Prior to the interaction, Khar led the Pakistani delegation to the Commonwealth Foreign Affairs Ministerial Meeting (CFAMM), where she said that as a family of democratic nations, the Commonwealth must reaffirm the centrality of the UN and recognize the importance of democracy, the rule of law, good governance and respect for human rights as the foundations of stability, peace and prosperity within and between nations.

She stressed that these values, in particular respect for human rights, including the right to self-determination, will only gain popularity if they are applied universally and without discrimination.

In addition to the side meeting with Johnson, the Minister of State also held useful bilateral meetings with the British Minister for South Asia, Commonwealth and UN, Lord Tariq Ahmad, the Foreign Minister of Jamaica Kamina Johnson Smith, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Dominica, Dr. Kenneth Darroux, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs. Minister of Sierra Leone Professor David J Francis.

The Commonwealth is an organization of 54 states united by common values. The Heads of Government Meeting takes place after a nearly four-year hiatus, making it the first Commonwealth gathering in the post-pandemic era.

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