Pakistan FM to visit UK

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Islamabad, Jul 21 (UNI) Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi will pay his first three-day official visit to the United Kingdom from July 24 for wide ranging talks with his British counterpart David Miliband.

"The two Foreign Ministers will review bilateral relations and explore avenues of further cooperation in diverse fields with the UK," foreign ministry spokesman Muhammad Sadiq said here today.

They will also exchange views on regional and international issues of mutual interest including situation in Afghanistan, war against terrorism and composite dialogue process with India.

United Kingdom was among the first countries to establish contact with the new democratic government in Pakistan after it came into power in March this year.

During their recent visits to Pakistan, British Home Secretary, Foreign Secretary, Defence Secretary, and Secretary for International Development affirmed UK's commitment and support to Pakistan's new democratic government.

Also, meetings of Pakistan-UK Defence Cooperation Forum, Joint Judicial Cooperation Working Group, and Joint Working Group on Counterterrorism were held in London in recent weeks.

The Foreign Minister's visit will promote understanding on issues of mutual concern and facilitate promotion of greater market access for Pakistani products in British and EU markets.

The Foreign Minister's engagements in UK include a meeting with the British Prime Minister, official talks with Foreign Secretary David Miliband, Secretary of State for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform John Hutton, Secretary of State for Defence Des Browne, leader of opposition David Cameron, and Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign&Commonwealth Affairs.

He will also address at the International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS), a roundtable meeting with Pakistani community leaders and young British-Pakistanis in Birmingham.

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