Britain to increase aid for Pakistan: British official (2)

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He said the UK wants Pakistan and India to resolve their problems.

About Pakistan-Iran gas pipeline project, Hague said Pakistan is a sovereignty country and Britain respects its decisions.

He said the new UK government is strongly committed to a long term, productive and friendly relationship with Pakistan. The British Foreign Secretary pointed out that one million strong Pakistani diaspora in his country is playing crucial role in different spheres of life. Several British nationals of Pakistani origin have reached the parliament.

Qureshi said during the talks the two countries have agreed on many things to strengthen their ties. He said the extended three day visit to Pakistan by the new British Foreign Secretary is manifestation of the desire on the part of the United Kingdom to deepen relations with Pakistan.

He said the new British government has shown willingness to support education sector and infrastructure development. "We are trying to bridge gap and are looking for trade and attract British investment," said the foreign minister.

Qureshi said they held a very positive meeting and agreed to start strategic dialogue process.

Hague arrived in Islamabad on Wednesday for a three-day official visit to Pakistan. During his first visit to Pakistan, He would share British perspective on various issues with the top Pakistani leadership.

Source: Xinhua
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