Islamabad , Terming his visit extremely successful to Great Britian,Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has said UK has vowed to build a deeper and stronger relationship with Pakistan and to strengthen relations in the fields of trade, defence, health and education.
This was stated by Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani in his opening remarks in the cabinet meeting held here Wednesday with him in the chair.Briefing the cabinet about his recent visit to UK,he said ”We have also agreed to boost bilateral trade upto 2.5 billion Sterling Pounds by 2015”.
PM said he visited United Kingdom for the 1st review of the Enhanced Strategic Dialogue. ”We had initiated the dialogue during Prime Minister Cameron’s visit to Pakistan last year. The visit was extremely successful. I had the opportunity to attend the opening ceremony of the British Parliament by Queen on the Diamond Jubilee of her reign, and the Parliamentary reception by the Speaker.
I also visited the Buckingham Palace for a meeting with the Duke of York. Apart from the Enhanced Strategic Dialogue review, all major Ministers called on me for detailed discussions on various strands of cooperation between Pakistan and UK.
The warm welcome given to an elected Prime Minister reflects the importance and confidence UK Government attaches to its relations with democratic Pakistan.
British Prime Minister David Cameron applauded the fact that my Government was working to strengthen democracy in Pakistan. His categorical statement that Pakistan’s friend is the UK’s friend and Pakistan’s enemy is the UK’s enemy, a strong reiteration of Pakistan’s standing and importance in the comity of nations”.
PM said the global economic crisis was also taken into account and it was agreed that both the countries would take tough decisions in order to deliver on future growth and prosperity.
He informed the cabinet a decision was made with regard to maintaining regular dialogue on the subject of economic reform. Shared national security challenges and cooperation in the field of counter terrorism also came under discussion.
I conveyed Pakistan’s and its people’s appreciation for the UK’s consistent support for enhanced market access to the European Union. The UK has assured us of their continued support for GSP Plus.This visit, I am sure, would yield positive outcome in view of bilateral relations between the two countries.