ISLAMABAD .: British Deputy High Commissioner Richard Crowder has said that the relations between Pakistan and Britain are “friendly and deep”.
“The recent visits of army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa and Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood to Britain reflect the deep connection between the two countries,” said the deputy high commissioner while addressing an Alumni Award Event organised by the British Council here on Friday.
“Today’s event is a testimony of the strong relations Pakistan has with Britain,” said Crowder. “I am very pleased to reside in Pakistan for the last two years.”
He praised the Pakistani students, saying they are full of God-gifted abilities. He also lauded the role of British Pakistanis in helping develop the British society.
He said relations between the two countries spanned over 70 years and due to “our strengthened relations flight operations from Islamabad to Heathrow Airport have been resumed”.
“The restart of British Airways operations in Pakistan is a good sign,” said Crowder. “In addition to trade, ties between the two countries regarding education and other fields are also moving forward.”
He said UK was the second biggest export market in Europe for Pakistan while it was also the second biggest country for Pakistan in terms of direct foreign investment.
“We want to enhance bilateral trade with Pakistan to $2 billion. After Brexit by the end of this year, trade with Pakistan will further increase and we will also strengthen our ties in education, tourism and other sectors.”
Three talented students of Pak-UK alumni were given awards during the event. A large number of students receiving education in UK also attended the ceremony.