Press release

UK Minister for Asia and the Pacific visits Pakistan to reinforce UK support

Minister for Asia and the Pacific, Mark Field, today visited Islamabad for the first time.

Minister for Asia and the Pacific, Mark Field and British High Commissioner, Tom Drew

During his meeting with Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif, the focus was on shared international interests, Pakistan’s regional relations and UK-Pakistan co-operation.

The Minister also had a meeting with the Speaker of the National Assembly, where he discussed the UK-supported work to encourage parliamentary capacity building and co-operation.

The Minister visited the Commonwealth War Graveyard in Rawalpindi ahead of the annual commemorations to remember all those who gave their lives in the UK and the wider Commonwealth.

He also spoke at a Chevening event, welcoming back scholars who have spent the last year in the UK at some of the world’s best universities on fully-funded Chevening Scholarships.

Mark Field, Minister for Asia and the Pacific, said:

I was delighted to spend today in Islamabad, during my first visit to Pakistan. I had a productive meeting with Khawaja Asif, where we talked about the important Commonwealth Summit next year and about Pakistan’s wider role in South Asia.

I also was honoured to see Pakistan’s National Assembly and Senate, and I heard about the work the UK is doing with Pakistan’s parliaments to build capacity, create links between UK and Pakistani parliamentarians and support the strengthening of Pakistan’s parliamentary systems.


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Published 8 November 2017