KIGALI: Pakistan and the United Kingdom have agreed to further deepen trade and economic cooperation.
The understanding was reached during a meeting between Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar and United Kingdom’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson on the sidelines of the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Kigali, Rwanda.
In a brief statement on Twitter, Khar said at the CHOGM, the two leaders agreed on “deepening of Pak-UK trade, economic partnership and leveraging the dynamic diaspora bridge further”.
“…also exchanged views on Afghanistan and other issues of common concern,” the minister of state added.
Khar led the Pakistan delegation at the Commonwealth Foreign Affairs Ministerial Meeting (CFAMM), where she stated that as a family of democratic nations, the Commonwealth must reaffirm the centrality of the UN, and recognise the salience of democracy, rule of law, good governance and respect for human rights as the bedrocks of stability, peace and prosperity within and among nations.
She stressed that these values, especially respect for human rights, including the right to self-determination will only gain wider traction if they are applied universally and without discrimination.
Apart from the sideline meeting with Johnson, the minister of state also held useful bilateral meetings with UK Minister for South Asia, Commonwealth and the UN Lord Tariq Ahmad, Foreign Minister of Jamaica Kamina Johnson Smith, Foreign Minister of Dominica Dr Kenneth Darroux, and Foreign Minister of Sierra Leone Professor David J Francis.
The Commonwealth is an organisation of 54 states joined together by common values. The heads of government meeting is taking place after a hiatus of nearly four years, making it the first such Commonwealth gathering in the post-pandemic period.