During the Commonwealth heads of government meeting in London, foreign minister Pakistan Khawaja Asif met Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Boris Johnson. Both leaders reviewed the progress in bilateral relationships between Pakistan and United Kingdom, ways to further strengthen the ties by increasing the trade, creating opportunities, promoting investment for educational and cultural cooperation was discussed, said a foreign ministry statement.

Mr. Johnson said, “The UK greatly valued its partnership with Pakistan and its keen to further strengthen it.”

Both countries also discussed the global and regional issues, the foreign secretary Boris Johnson appreciated Pakistan’s efforts to counter-terrorism and its commitment to bring peace to the region and country, the statement added.

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The foreign minister Khawaja Asif also discussed the current state of Pakistan-India relationships, the current situation in Indian occupied Kashmir, violations of the ceasefire on the Line of Control (LOC) and other trade affairs with the country.

According to the statement, the foreign minister Pakistan has also invited Secretary Johnson to visit Pakistan in order to initiate strategic dialogue between the two countries focusing on various trade, economic, educational and foreign affairs cooperation which latter accepted.

However, it is not known yet when the Foreign Secretary will visit Pakistan. Pakistan has good relations with the UK, with over 1.17 million Pakistanis living in the UK brings the country closer to each other.

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