British Secretary of State for Defence calls on Prime Minister

November 12, 2013

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has said that both Pakistan and Great Britain enjoy close bilateral relations which are deeply embedded in history and tradition and that the relations between the two states need to be taken to the next level by mutual cooperation in the fields of defense, science, technology and trade, he added.

The Prime Minister expressed these views in a meeting with the members of a British delegation, headed by British Secretary of State for Defence Mr. Philip Hammonds, which called on him at the Prime Minister’s House this evening.

 The Prime Minister emphasized on the need to increase the level of defense cooperation between the defence forces of the two countries. Both the sides also agreed to enhance the level of cooperation on counter-terrorism measures.

During the meeting, post-withdrawal Afghanistan scenarios also came under discussion. Prime Minister said that Pakistan wants to see a peaceful and stable Afghanistan which is essential for a peaceful and prosperous Pakistan.

The Prime Minister thanked the British government for extending support to Pakistan’s case for GPS-Plus status. The Prime Minister said that Pakistan would benefit in terms of increase in trade volume through this concession.

Federal Minister for Defense Production Rana Tanveer Hussein, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Mr. Tariq Fatimi and other senior officials of the Prime Minister’s Office were also present during the meeting.