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PM Abbasi Arrives in London For Commonwealth Meeting

Islamabad (April 18, 2018): Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has arrived in London to lead the Pakistan delegation to the 25th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London. 

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is in London to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting beginning on Wednesday.

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will represent Pakistan at the executive and retreat sessions.

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He will also participate in a number of events being held on the sidelines of the CHOGM.

The prime minister will attend the reception being hosted by Queen Elizabeth II. He will call on the Prince of Wales and meet with Prime Minister Theresa May amongst other Commonwealth leaders.

The meeting will begins from today. The main theme of this Conference is “Towards A Common Future.”

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Pakistan is one of the founding members of the organization. The current membership of the Commonwealth consists of 53 member states reflecting diversity of all continents of the world.

Participation in CHOGM-2018 would provide an opportunity to highlight the advances made by Pakistan including its transition to a modern and dynamic emerging market, which is an attractive destination for business, investment and trade.During his stay in London, the Prime Minister will call on Queen Elizabeth II, Prince of Wales and meet the British leadership.

It will also provide an opportunity to meet other Commonwealth leaders and exchange views on matters of mutual interest.Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif met United Kingdom Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Boris Johnson on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM-2018) in London today, said a press release issued by UK’s foreign office.

The two leaders reviewed progress in bilateral relations and reiterated commitment to further strengthening these ties by enhancing trade, promoting investment and creating greater opportunities for educational and cultural cooperation.

The Foreign Secretary said the UK greatly valued its partnership with Pakistan and was keen to further augment it.The two sides also discussed regional and global issues. The Foreign Secretary particularly appreciated Pakistan’s counter-terrorism achievements and efforts to bring peace and security in the region.

The Foreign Minister briefed Secretary Johnson on the current state of Pakistan – India relations, situation in the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir; ceasefire violations along the LOC and Working Boundary by the Indian side.

The Foreign Minister invited Secretary Johnson to visit Pakistan for the next round of the Enhanced Strategic Dialogue between the two countries, which the later accepted.

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