Islamabad: The Deputy Prime Minister, Rtd Hon Nick Clegg MP, today met Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, Prime Minister of Pakistan, at Lancaster House in London.
The Deputy Prime Minister, Rtd Hon Nick Clegg MP, today met Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, Prime Minister of Pakistan, at Lancaster House in London.
They also met representatives of Save the Children, Oxfam and Islamic Relief to discuss development issues and the response to last year’s floods in Pakistan.
Following the meeting, the Deputy Prime Minister said:
“I am delighted to welcome Prime Minister Gilani to the UK. The UK and Pakistan have exceptionally strong bonds, in education, culture, development and trade – and of course in the millions of extended families who call both countries home.
“Prime Minister Gilani and I have had productive talks covering a wide range of issues. By working more closely together on our joint security, by trading more with each other, by investing in educational links and by learning more about each other, we hope to make Pakistan and the UK’s relationship broader and deeper than ever before.
“On trade, Vince Cable has reaffirmed the UK’s support for improved EU-Pakistan trade arrangements. And I have made clear today that the UK will continue to be a strong advocate for deepening Europe’s ties with Pakistan. Closer economic ties, investment and trade between our two countries will be hugely important in generating jobs and growth in both countries.
“We also held a meeting with representatives of three aid organisations that have been playing prominent roles in helping Pakistan recover from the devastation of last year’s floods. I was heartened to hear that the generosity of the UK public last year has helped provide hundreds of thousands of people with food, water, medical care and shelter. But it is clear that with the anniversary of the floods approaching – and this year’s monsoon season ahead of us – the needs remain very great and very real. The UK will continue to play its part in supporting Pakistan’s flood recovery, as one part of a thriving relationship.”
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