Islamabad, 24 May 2022 (TDI): The Foreign Secretary of Pakistan, Sohail Mahmood, met with James Heappey, the Minister for Armed Forces of the UK, in the Foreign Office today.

The discussions focused on bilateral ties as well as regional and global events.

The Foreign Secretary remarked that Pakistan values its relations with the United Kingdom and is determined to take them to new heights.

He emphasized the historical and long-standing character of the Pakistan-UK collaboration. He reaffirmed Pakistan’s determination to enhance collaboration in a variety of areas, including commerce, investment, security, defense, culture, and people-to-people links, and therefore stressed the importance of the Pakistani diaspora in the UK and its vital contribution to the growth of bilateral ties.

The Foreign Secretary also emphasized Pakistan’s firm commitment to contributing a positive role in advancing regional peace and stability. He stressed the need for the international community to play a role in resolving the severe humanitarian situation.

In the context of South Asia, the Foreign Secretary emphasized the significance of strategic stability and a peaceful resolution to the Jammu and Kashmir problem.

Foreign Secretary Pakistan
Foreign Secretary of Pakistan, Sohail Mahmood

Minister Heappey emphasized the significance of the UK-Pakistan connection and the UK’s determination to enhance bilateral collaboration. Following the August 2021 developments in Afghanistan, he praised Pakistan’s cooperation with the international community, particularly the United Kingdom. He praised Pakistan for assisting with evacuations from Afghanistan.

James Heappey during the meeting with Foreign Secretary Pakistan
Minister for Armed Forces of the UK, James Heappey at the Foreign Office in Pakistan

The two sides resolved to keep the pace of high-level encounters going, particularly in this 75th year of Pakistan-UK diplomatic ties.

Pak-UK relations:  

Pakistan and the United Kingdom are both Commonwealth of Nations and United Nations members.

Each country has a High Commissioner, who frequently serves as an ambassador within the Commonwealth in the other nation.

Christian Turner is the current UK High Commissioner in Pakistan, while Moazzam Ahmad Khan is Pakistan’s High Commissioner to the UK.

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