Pakistan urges increased trade, market access for its products into Europe

London: Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani urged increased trade and access for Pakistani products into European markets to stabilize its economy and address issues of poverty, unemployment.

He was talking to British Foreign Secretary William Hague on Tuesday and discussed Pak-UK ties. Gilani felt Pak-UK multidimensional cooperation especially in socio-economic realms is vital to create new opportunities, development, promote peace, security in the region.

He called for deepening consultation on global, regional issues of peace, stability, enhancing investment, trade, collaboration in education, culture, parliamentary links. Strategic dialogue, trade access for Pakistan goods to European Union markets, collaboration in trade, investment, education were discussed.

He said government and people of Pakistan appreciate UK’s acknowledgment of Pakistan’s counter-terrorism efforts and its contributions through funding, capacity building. Pakistan suffered tremendously in global fight against terrorism and economy greatly ravaged by its war against militancy. He reiterated government’s resolve that war would continue against militants till their complete elimination.

Hague said UK recognizes that no country had suffered more from scourge of terrorism than Pakistan. British government will continue to extend all possible support in promoting educational facilities in Pakistan, employment generation, poverty eradication in various areas of Pakistan.

He said Pakistan and UK shared determination to defeat terrorism, violent extremism. It was in interest of both countries to sustain strategic relationship based on mutual respect, trust, benefit. He assured continued support of British government in Pakistan’s efforts against militancy, terrorism and meet critical economic challenges.

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