According to recent reports, the Duke, Prince William and Duchess of Cambridge, Kate, will be coming to Pakistan later this year and the visit will be the first one in over a decade. Kensington Palace announced the news on Sunday and it shows London’s renewed interest in Pakistan.
“Further details (of the visit) will be advised in due course,” Kensington Palace tweeted.
In the past, many western countries have been warned before traveling to Pakistan due to kidnappings and/or attacks but it was noted that Pakistan has battled homegrown militants for more than a decade and the security situation has stabilized off-late.
The Royal Couple’s visit is requested by Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office and it comes 13 years after Charles and Camilla (Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwell) toured the country in 2006.
“Government and the people of Pakistan warmly welcome the announcement of the Royal visit,” tweeted Pakistan’s envoy to Britain, Nafees Zakaria, welcoming the Royal visit. “People of Pakistan cherish and fondly recall visits of Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth II to Pakistan during 1961 and 1997,” he wrote.
He added,” Upcoming Royal visit reflects the importance UK attaches to Pakistan. Both countries enjoy historical links and wish to strengthen them further.”