British foreign secretary promises support to Pakistan

Published: July 17, 2013
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Sartaj Aziz (R), Pakistan's adviser for National Security and Foreign Affairs, shakes hands with British Foreign Secretary William Hague at the Foreign Ministry in Islamabad on July 17, 2013. PHOTO: AFP

Sartaj Aziz (R), Pakistan's adviser for National Security and Foreign Affairs, shakes hands with British Foreign Secretary William Hague at the Foreign Ministry in Islamabad on July 17, 2013. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: British Foreign Secretary William Hague said that Britain will support Pakistan in solving the problem the country is facing at the moment.

Addressing a joint press conference in Islamabad on Wednesday, Hague said that Pakistan has made considerable sacrifices in its war against terrorism and continues to struggle.

Hague offered to assist Pakistan in developing a counter-terrorism strategy.

He further applauded the first ever democratic transition of power in Pakistan and said that Britain will try to maintain the relationship with Pakistan.

British Foreign Secretary said that his country would continue to support Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in his ambitious plan of creating jobs, enhancing economic growth and alleviating poverty in Pakistan.

On the topic of police investigations into a money laundering case related to the MQM, Hague said that the matter relates to the police who are looking into it.

Talking about trade and investment between the two countries, National Security and Foreign Affairs Adviser Sartaj Aziz said, “The government is taking concrete steps to enhance trade and investment opportunities among both the countries”.

He said that Pakistan is grateful for Britain’s support in the European Union and hoped that the nation will continue to extend their support to Pakistan in other areas as well.

Aziz said that trade between Pakistan and UK amounted to $3 billion and he saw it increasing to $5 billion in the times to come.

He said that Pakistan wants inclusion in GSP Plus and a greater access to EU market and stressed that UK’s support in the matter was appreciated.

“In coming years, we hope, we will have enhanced strategic dialogue to deal with security, economic and political issues,” Aziz said.

He added that while the government was looking into reports of some Taliban members moving to Syria, he reiterated that the government had nothing to do with movement of Taliban personnel.

Aziz said that he will be visiting Kabul on Saturday.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Prof M
    Jul 17, 2013 - 7:08PM

    Just like you’ve promised to support Baloch Nationalist for a separate Homeland in U.N.

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  • Maverick
    Jul 17, 2013 - 10:44PM

    More waffle from Mr Surcharge Aziz. Doesnt Nawaz Sharif have a better adviser than this 84 year old relic from the past?

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  • V. C. Bhutani
    Jul 17, 2013 - 10:48PM

    It is amusing that Mr Hague promises British support to Pakistan in several fields (which is wholly good and desirable), but he has conveniently forgotten that his own prime minister Mr Cameron as well as the former French president Mr Sarkozy went on record to say that 70 to 80 per cent of global terror emanated from Pakistan. There is nothing in this report to suggest that Mr Hague attempted to persuade Mr Nawaz Sharif that Pakistan should turn its back on terror. Perhaps diplomatic rectitude required that such a sensitive matter should not become subject of coverage at a news conference. V. C. Bhutani, Edinburgh, 17 July 2013, 1847 GMT

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  • syed baqar ahsan
    Jul 17, 2013 - 10:59PM

    Very strange and abnormal visits I thing it is too late in realizing and now convince or pressurizing,in the past sincerity in friendship was lacking for years and double gaming was everywhere from western, for them game is over due to their blunders & follies. It is not China factor it is from within.

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  • syed baqar ahsan
    Jul 17, 2013 - 11:04PM

    While in Kabul Aziz Bhai watch Pakistan interest for a change not of USA/UK/NATO because you have been watching their interest at our cost.

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  • basharat mughal
    Jul 19, 2013 - 7:52AM

    Both Britain and the USA are countries that spy on their friends and allies. They are the world experts in the field of espionage and double standards. We can never know for sure what exactly was the purpose of his visit to Pakistan. Maybe he could help Pakistan in techniques on how to debug Pakistani embassies in Europe and elsewhere.
    His concern for Malala’s safety if she returns back to Pakistan was very touching indeed,but showed no such concern for the innocent childern being killed by the drone strikes. How many Malalas have lost their lives?
    HE should be more concerned about the safety of his own citizens in his own country where British Muslims live in fear of their lives where pensioners are being stabbed to death and mosques being vandalised….. What can he teach us about tolerance?
    He needs to put his own house in order before playing the “concerned friend”.

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