Aziz urges UK to strengthen trade ties with Pakistan

Indo Asian News Service

London, April 4 (IANS) Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz held meetings with a parliamentary delegation from Britain at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday, a statement said.

During the meeting, the two countries discussed strengthening of cooperation in the areas of trade and investment.

Aziz "highlighted the progress made by Pakistan during the last four years in counter-terrorism, economic development and democratic consolidation," the press release said.

The delegation recognised the role the country has played in "promoting international peace and security as well as its contribution in regional stability," the press release said.

Commending the role of Pakistani diaspora in Britain, the delegation called for greater interaction between the two countries.

The adviser also gave a briefing to the delegation regarding the country's "efforts for regional peace and initiatives aimed at promoting regional connectivity."

Aziz also apprised the delegation of the human rights violations taking place in Jammu and Kashmir and the current state of Pakistan-India relations, the statement said.

The Britain delegation arrived in Pakistan on April 2 and will conclude its visit on April 8.

--IANS

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