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Dar stresses need for early resumption of PIA flights to UK

Earlier, when Dar had taken over as Foreign Minister, his British counterpart had sent him a letter of facilitation

By Mariana Baabar
March 26, 2024
A PIA aeroplane can be seen on the runway. — AFP/File
A PIA aeroplane can be seen on the runway. — AFP/File

ISLAMABAD: On his return from London, Foreign Minister Ishaq Dar received a telephone call from Lord David Cameron, Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs of the United Kingdom, in which Dar emphasised on the early conclusion of the Enhanced Strategic Partnership agreement.

Earlier, when Dar had taken over as Foreign Minister, his British counterpart had sent him a letter of facilitation.

“Today I received a telephone call from Lord David Cameron, Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs of the Great Britain. We discussed bilateral relations and regional issues and resolved to continue working closely to further enhance strong bilateral cooperation in trade, investment, education, climate change and people-to-people contacts,” Ishaq Dar wrote on X formerly twitter.

He, while in London, did not get to meet his British counterpart, but held separate meetings with UK Minister of State for South Asia and the Commonwealth, Lord Tariq Ahmad, and Minister of State for Development, Andrew Mitchell, at the Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office in London on Friday.

The Foreign Minister stressed on the need for early resumption of PIA flights between Pakistan and the UK which would further bolster linkages, particularly in view of the large Pakistani diaspora in the UK. The two ministers also discussed important regional issues including Afghanistan and the situation in Gaza. He invited Lord Cameron to visit Pakistan on mutually convenient dates.