Islamabad, Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani Tuesday left on five day visit to United Kingdom for talks with British counterpart David Cameron and attend first annual review of Enhanced Strategic Dialogue meeting.
Talking to newsmen at PAF Chaklala Airbase before leaving, Gilani said promotion of strategic dialogue is important component of his visit. “The main focus of talks will be on strategic cooperation with UK. Enhanced Strategic Dialogue will provide opportunity to identify ways and means to further raise level of cooperation in various areas of mutual concern.”
He said he will meet British leadership and opposition leaders. Talks will also be held on cooperation in investment trade culture and people to people contacts. He said annual bilateral trade will increase to 2.5 billion pounds by year 2015. UK is second largest partner in trade in the Europe with Pakistan and is seeking European Union and GSP Plus status for Pakistan.
Prime Minister acknowledged Britain’s contribution in Pakistan’s education for which it would provide 650 million pounds as well as assistance for health sector.
During his stay, he will also have interaction with British parliamentarians Cabinet members, businessmen investors, address community gathering and lay foundation stone of Consular Hall in Pakistan High Commission at London.
Gilani who is accompanied by Federal Ministers Hina Rabbani Khar, Dr Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, Qamar Zaman Kaira and Rehman Malik was seen off at Chaklala air base by Ministers, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Army Staff General Khalid Shameem Wayyne and high ranking officials.