LONDON: Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, during his recent visit to London in connection with the participation in 25th Commonwealth Conference, interacted with several leaders in London and spoke on a range of themes at the Commonwealth Summit He articulated Pakistan’s vision, efforts and achievements in the fields of economy, security and sustainable development, while sharing his thoughts on the Summit themes of a more prosperous, secure and sustainable future.
The Prime Minister highlighted the significance of connectivity in the context of enhancing trade and investment, describing CPEC as a model for prosperity nationally and regionally. While sharing concerns over the rising global trends of protectionism, the Prime Minister called for an equitable, effective and inclusive multilateral trading system and advocated the need for pathways to greater regular migration and mobility.
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi underscored Pakistan’s unmatched sacrifices and unparalleled achievements in the fight against terrorism. He stressed that defeating this contemporary menace required collaboration. He also cautioned against indulgence in blame games and politicization for domestic electoral gains, noting that such steps were not conducive to addressing this scourge. The Prime Minister also underlined the imperative need of ensuring justice for the people of occupied lands, who continued to be subjected to state sponsored oppression.
He emphasized that the shared goal of shaping peaceful societies would remain elusive without guaranteeing fundamental freedoms and resolving disputes. Speaking on the theme of sustainable future, the Prime Minister reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment to pursuing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, highlighting several national steps in this context. Meets Theresa May Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi met UK Prime Minister Theresa May on the sidelines of the Commonwealth leaders retreat at Windsor Castle, London. The two leaders discussed matters of bilateral interest. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi congratulated PM Theresa May on a very efficient steering of the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting.
He highlighted the plight of the Kashmiri people and urged the international community to respond to the current human rights situation in J&K. PM Abbasi informed PM May of Pakistan’s efforts in fighting terrorism and extremism. He also underscored the importance of strengthening bilateral relations especially in the context of trade and investment and thanked UK for the work done by its development agency in Pakistan. He also appreciated the appointment of a trade envoy by the UK government to help explore trade and investment opportunities between the two countries, especially in the post Brexit context.
He also spoke of his visit to Kabul and underscored Pakistan’s commitment to peace and stability in Afghanistan. Prime Minister May appreciated Pakistan’s efforts in fighting terrorism and in this context recalled Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s reference to more than 100,000 Pakistanis affected in our fight against terrorism over the past 10 years. She appreciated Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s efforts in reaching out to Afghanistan especially during his recent visit to Kabul.
She added that Pakistan-UK relations are strong. She underscored the importance of enhancing trade between the two countries. In response to PM May’s reference to the recent alleged use of chemical weapons, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi recalled Pakistan’s principled position of condemning any use of chemical weapons and upholding the principles of the UN Charter. Meeting with Prince Charles Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi met Prince Charles at Clarence House in London to.
He was accompanied by Ali Jahangir Siddiqui, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister and High Commissioner Syed Ibne Abbas. The Prime Minister felicitated the Prince of Wales on UK’s successful holding of the CHOGM 2018.
He hoped that the Commonwealth under the UK’s Chair-in-Office would be revitalized and its role in the changing global geopolitical and economic scenario would enhance. The Prime Minister highlighted the contributions made by the Pakistani Diaspora in the economic prosperity of the UK and its role in bringing the two countries closer. He also appreciated the UK’s assistance in health and education sectors of Pakistan. He invited Prince Charles to visit Pakistan at his convenience. Prince Charles thanked Pakistan for its high level participation in the CHOGM 2018. He also commended Pakistan’s valuable contribution to the Commonwealth. The Prince of Wales appreciated the political leadership of Pakistan in ensuring good governance and efforts in implementing the economic reforms.