Kigali, 25 June 2022 (TDI): Pakistan’s State Foreign Minister, Hina Rabbani Khar, met with important leaders and government representatives in Kigali.

The Minister is in Kigali to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2022.

Meeting with British Prime Minister 

In the meeting with the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson, both officials talked about issues of common concern. Prime Minister Johnson agreed upon deepening the trade and economic partnership of both states.

Both talked about leveraging the dynamic diaspora bridge further and also exchanged views on Afghanistan.

Meeting with Foreign Minister of New Zealand

The Minister of State to Pakistan also met the Foreign Minister of New Zealand Nanaia Mahuta. Two sides agreed to deepen the cooperation in agriculture, fisheries, and clean energy.

She exchanged her hope on behalf of Pakistan to look forward to seeing Kiwis play world-class cricket in Pakistan.

Meeting with Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister 

Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles too met with Minister of State Hina Khar. During his meeting, he agreed to identify priority sectors for enhanced cooperation.

Additionally, Hina Khar talked about facilitating the return of 6000 Pakistani students enrolled in Australian Universities, back to Australia.

Meeting with Foreign Minister of Singapore

Upon her meeting with the Foreign Minister of Singapore Vivian Bala, she discussed regional and global developments. Prospects of further strengthening the Pak-ASEAN linkages also came under discussion.

Meeting with Foreign Minister of Tanzania:  

The Minister also met with the Foreign Minister of Tanzania, Liberata Mulamula. As representatives of good friends & partner countries, the two resolved to translate the Pakistan-Tanzania political ties into win-win economic opportunities for both countries & their people

Meeting with Foreign Minister of Kenya:  

In the meeting with the Foreign Minister of Kenya, Raychelle Omamo, the two officials reinforced the deep-rooted Pakistan0-Kenya relations through economic complementarity and tremendous mutual goodwill. Moreover, they agreed to tap the exciting prospects that lie ahead.

Commonwealth Foreign Affairs Ministers Meeting

Apart from that, the Minister of State attended the Commonwealth Foreign Affairs Ministers Meeting on June 23rd.

In her address, the Minister of State highlighted the importance of the UN charter and reiterated the Commonwealth states’ commitment to fundamental principles of prosperity and peace.

Meeting with Lord Tariq Ahmad of Wimbledon

Besides, she also met with Lord Tariq Ahmad of Wimbledon, who is a member of the House of Lords of the UK parliament. The importance of Pakistan-UK relations was under discussion.

Moreover, their discussion included the matters of further growing business-to-business links, strengthening human rights as well as, and how to make the commonwealth stronger.

In addition, the Pakistani Minister of State presented Pakistan’s perspective at the plenary as well as other discussions during this important Commonwealth event which could not be held in 2020 and 2021 because of the Covid-19 Pandemic.