KIGALI: Pakistan and the United Kingdom have agreed to further deepen trade and economic cooperation.
Understanding was reached during a meeting between Foreign Secretary Hina Rabbani Khar and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on the sidelines of the 26th meeting of Commonwealth Heads of Government (CHOGM) in Kigali, Rwanda.
In a brief statement on Twitter, Khar said at CHOGM, the two leaders agreed on “deepening Pak-UK trade, economic partnership and further use of the dynamic diaspora bridge”.
“They also exchanged views on Afghanistan and other issues of common interest,” the state minister added.
Khar led the Pakistani delegation to the Commonwealth Foreign Affairs Ministerial Meeting (CFAMM), where she said that as a family of democracies the Commonwealth must reaffirm the central role of the UN and recognize the importance of democracy, rule of law, good governance and respect for human rights. , peace and prosperity within and among nations.
She emphasized that these values, in particular respect for human rights, including the right to self-determination, would gain wider force only if they were applied universally and without discrimination.
In addition to a side meeting with Johnson, the Secretary of State also held useful bilateral meetings with the British Minister for South Asia, Commonwealth and UN Lord Tariq Ahmad, Jamaican Foreign Minister Kamin Johnson Smith, Dominican Foreign Minister Dr. Kenneth Darroux and Foreign Minister Sierra Leone. Professor David J Francis.
The Commonwealth is an organization of 54 states united by common values. The meeting of heads of government is being held after a break of almost four years, making it the first such gathering of the Commonwealth in the post-pandemic period.