FM Qureshi hopes Brexit presents 'new opportunities' for Pakistan and UK

Published December 11, 2018
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi expressed hopes that Brexit would open new opportunities for trade and development between the two countries. — File photo
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi expressed hopes that Brexit would open new opportunities for trade and development between the two countries. — File photo

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Tuesday expressed hope that the impending Brexit deal — Britian's planned withdrawal from the European Union — would open new opportunities for trade and development for both the United Kingdom and Pakistan.

The foreign minister, according to a press release by the Foreign Office (FO) spokesperson, made those remarks during a phone call with British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Jeremy Hunt.

Qureshi appreciated expanded bilateral cooperation between the two countries and stressed that the UK was an important trade and investment partner of Pakistan.

The duo discussed a wide range of regional and bilateral issues of mutual interest and expressed satisfaction at the current state of their relations, the FO spokesperson said.

Qureshi and Hunt agreed to hold the fourth round of the Pakistan-UK Enhanced Strategic Dialogue in London during the first quarter of 2019.

The two diplomats expressed satisfaction at the finalisation of "protocol on transfer of prisoners" between the countries, which the FO said would be signed shortly.

Furthermore, the two sides "reaffirmed their commitment to enhance bilateral cooperation, particularly in the spheres of regional security, counterterrorism, organised crime, money laundering and asset recovery".

Opinion

Editorial

1971 in retrospect
Updated 28 Nov, 2022

1971 in retrospect

The point of no return came when the military launched Operation Searchlight in March 1971.
Gender-based violence
28 Nov, 2022

Gender-based violence

IT is a war without boundaries and seemingly without end. A UN report on femicide released on Nov 25, the...
Battle against dacoits
28 Nov, 2022

Battle against dacoits

THE Punjab police is clearly fighting a formidable, and so far losing, battle against the criminal gangs based in ...
Policy rate hike
Updated 27 Nov, 2022

Policy rate hike

The decision to hike the policy rate by 100bps is a step in the right direction, even if intended to appease the IMF.
Vawda’s reprieve
27 Nov, 2022

Vawda’s reprieve

FAISAL Vawda should be relieved. After years of running from a reckoning for submitting a false declaration in his...
Gujarat’s ghosts
27 Nov, 2022

Gujarat’s ghosts

TWO decades have passed since the bloody Gujarat riots, one of the worst spasms of anti-Muslim violence witnessed in...