British Foreign Secretary due on Wednesday for 3-day visit to Pakistan

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UK Secretary of State for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs, Rt. Hon. William Hague, is scheduled to pay his first official visit to Pakistan from June 23 to 25, the Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.

British Foreign Secretary's engagements in Pakistan include official talks with Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi followed by calls on the President and the Prime Minister, a Foreign Ministry statement said.

"The two Foreign Ministers will review bilateral relations and explore avenues of further cooperation. Both sides will also exchange views on regional and international issues of mutual interest," it said. Both foreign ministers will address a joint press conference after their talks.

The visit is expected to achieve greater understanding on issues of mutual concern and strengthen relations between the two countries, it said.

The British Foreign Secretary will also meet the Minister of Interior and will visit Karachi and lay a wreath on the mausoleum of the founder of Pakistan Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

Bilateral relations between Pakistan and Britain received a structural up-gradation during the President Asif Ali Zardari's visit to UK on May 13-14, 2009, the statement said. The most significant outcome of the visit was the establishment of a mechanism for holding Pakistan-UK Strategic Dialogue in an institutionalized manner.

The first summit level strategic dialogue between Pakistan and Britain took place during Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani's visit to London on Dec. 3, 2009.

Source: Xinhua


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