Lahore : Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Monday said Pakistan wanted peace and stability in Afghanistan as it had suffered immensely on account of the prevailing situation in that country.
Pakistan, he said, had the greatest stake in that country’s return to normalcy. Its commitment to peace and stability in the region was underscored by the fact that it had continued a successful campaign against terrorism inside the country and made enormous sacrifices, he said talking to British High Commissioner Thomas Drew, who called on him to congratulate him on his assumption of office.
The high commissioner conveyed the greetings of British Prime Minister Theresa May and underscored that in the United Kingdom, Pakistan had a great friend. Prime Minister May also knew Pakistan well and had visited the country three times.
The prime minister thanked the high commissioner for the message from Prime Minister Theresa May.
The prime minister and the high commissioner discussed the regional situation, Afghanistan, enhancing bilateral trade and the significant role of Pakistani community in the UK.
The high commissioner also underscored the importance of trade with Pakistan and informed the prime minister that new British Trade Minister Greg Hands would visit Pakistan in the coming months. The visit was aimed at increasing trade with Pakistan after the Brexit.
He said that the UK was committed to supporting Pakistan in its efforts for a peaceful and stable region.
He recognized the sacrifices made by Pakistani law enforcement agencies and the military. The operations carried out by Pakistan had helped in cleaning up large parts of tribal areas of terrorists and terrorist networks.