PM Abbasi attends opening ceremony of Commonwealth summit

Published: April 19, 2018
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Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi. PHOTO: PM OFFICE

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi. PHOTO: PM OFFICE

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi. PHOTO: PM OFFICE Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi greets British PM May. PHOTO: PM OFFICE Commonwealth leaders pose for a family photograph with Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at the formal opening of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) at Buckingham Palace in London on April 19, 2018. The countries represented have been identified as: (back row, L-R) Barbados, Belize, St Vincent and The Grenadines, Malaysia, Tanzania, Zambia, Sierra Leone, Botswana, South Africa, Solomon Islands, Pakistan, The Bahamas, Mauritius, The Gambia. (second row from back, L-R) Ghana, Seychelles, St Lucia, Kiribati, Vanuatu, Jamaica, Canada, Australia, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Lesotho, Namibia, St Kitts and Nevis, Mozambique. (second row from front row, L-R) Sri Lanka, Tonga, Fiji, Antigua and Barbuda, Malawi, India, Nigeria, Tuvalu, Nauru, Kenya, Cyprus, PNG, Cameroon, Bangladesh, New Zealand. (front row, L-R) Swaziland, Singapore, Dominica, Grenada, Malta, United Kingdom, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, Commonwealth Secretary. PHOTO: AFP

The 25th meeting of the Commonwealth Heads of Governments (CHOGM) commenced on Thursday in London, with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi leading Pakistan’s delegation.

Commonwealth leaders pose for a family photograph with Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at the formal opening of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) at Buckingham Palace in London on April 19, 2018. The countries represented have been identified as: (back row, L-R) Barbados, Belize, St Vincent and The Grenadines, Malaysia, Tanzania, Zambia, Sierra Leone, Botswana, South Africa, Solomon Islands, Pakistan, The Bahamas, Mauritius, The Gambia. (second row from back, L-R) Ghana, Seychelles, St Lucia, Kiribati, Vanuatu, Jamaica, Canada, Australia, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Lesotho, Namibia, St Kitts and Nevis, Mozambique. (second row from front row, L-R) Sri Lanka, Tonga, Fiji, Antigua and Barbuda, Malawi, India, Nigeria, Tuvalu, Nauru, Kenya, Cyprus, PNG, Cameroon, Bangladesh, New Zealand. (front row, L-R) Swaziland, Singapore, Dominica, Grenada, Malta, United Kingdom, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, Commonwealth Secretary. PHOTO: AFP

Commonwealth leaders pose for a family photograph with Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II at the formal opening of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) at Buckingham Palace in London on April 19, 2018. PHOTO: AFP

The premier, along with other heads of government of commonwealth states, was welcomed by British Prime Minister Theresa May, Queen Elizabeth II and members of the royal family at the Buckingham Palace.

PM Abbasi in London for Commonwealth meeting

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi greets British PM May. PHOTO: PM OFFICE

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi greets British PM May. PHOTO: PM OFFICE

Earlier today, PM Abbasi held meetings with the teams of Peek Vision, a world leader in smartphone technology and training healthcare workforce in developing countries to eliminate preventable blindness and poor vision, and CBM, an NGO working in the field of disability globally for over 100 years with a major focus on eye care.

During the meeting, the premier invited Peek Vision to Pakistan and expressed the Governments clear commitment to eliminate preventable blindness in Pakistan. He committed the full support of the Government for a national program in this regard.

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Ali Jahangir Siddiqui and Pakistan High Commissioner to UK Syed Ibne Abbas were also present during the meeting.

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