Brexit

Shah Mahmood Qureshi—the Foreign Minister has hoped that
Brexit would be opening new opportunities for trade and development between Pakistan and the United Kingdom.

The foreign minister received a phone call from the British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs—Jeremy Hunt on Tuesday, as per an official statement.

The finance minister applauded the expanded bilateral cooperation and emphasized that the United Kingdom was a vital investment and trade partner of Pakistan.

The two foreign ministers discussed an extensive range of regional and bilateral problems of common interest and expressed satisfaction at the present state of relations.

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They also agreed to conduct the 4th round of Pakistan-UK Enhanced Strategic Dialogue in the first quarter of 2019 in London.

The two leaders assured their commitment towards enhancing bilateral cooperation, especially in the domains of regional security, organised crime, money laundering, counter-terrorism and asset recovery.

Later, the Finance minister Qureshi received the Ambassador Marc Barety of France at the foreign office. The two sides exchanged and appreciated the present orientation of the bilateral relations and agreed to further boost the relations in all areas of common interest,

It was also decided that the exchange of high-level visit was crucial for further strengthening the bilateral ties. In this matter, the foreign minister mentioned that Pakistan looks forward to the visit of the President Macron at an early date at the invite of the Prime Minister Imran Kahn.

The ambassador assured of full support of France to Pakistan in enhancing cooperation in all the areas of mutual interest.

The foreign minister applauded the development project being conducted by the French Development Agency (AFD) in the hydropower generation and renovation of Lahore Fort.

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