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New British High Commissioner arrives in Pakistan

The new British High Commissioner to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Mr. Philip Barton, arrived in Islamabad this morning. Mr. Barton is replacing Sir Adam Thomson, who left Pakistan last month

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Philip Barton

Philip Barton has a wealth of experience working on Pakistan, having served as the British Foreign Office’s Additional Director for South Asia from 2008-09, and then the Cabinet Office Coordinator for Afghanistan and Pakistan from 2009-2011. More recently, Mr. Barton served as the British Deputy Ambassador to Washington.

A ceremony for the High Commissioner Designate to present his Credentials to President Mamnoon Hussain will take place in the coming days.

Speaking upon his arrival in Islamabad, the Mr. Barton said:

I am delighted to become Her Majesty’s High Commissioner to Pakistan. The relationship between the UK and Pakistan remains deep and strong. I am committed to strengthening these connections during my time here, building on the excellent work of my predecessor Sir Adam Thomson.

The UK is working closely with Pakistan through extensive cooperation on trade, investment, energy, education and security. Our rich people-to-people and cultural connections help to underpin the deep and unique relationship between our two countries.

I am looking forward immensely to working with all sections of Pakistani society to continue to build a relationship based on partnership, trust and shared understanding.

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Published 15 January 2014