PM Gilani lauds the UK govt.’s initiatives to boost bilateral trade and investment in Pakistan

Thursday, May 10th, 2012 8:58:48 by

PM Gilani lauds the UK govt.’s initiatives to boost bilateral trade and investment in Pakistan

Thursday, May 10, 2012: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, in his address to the British Parliamentarians yesterday here in House of Commons, said that there were strong reasons for both Pakistan and the United Kingdom to cherish
this mutual relation.

He said that the relations between the two countries were based on strong footings and the two governments were striving to strengthen them further. He said, “We have reason to be satisfied that relations between Pakistan and the
United Kingdom are on a strong footing. Our ties have been traditionally warm and friendly given our shared history, cultural affinities and strong people-to-people contacts.”

During his address, the PM also thanked the British government and the people for their profound support for Pakistan in all the testing times. He said, “Let me take this opportunity to express our sincere gratitude to the British
government and its people for having stood by us in our difficult times – particularly in the aftermath of unprecedented floods that devastated the country.”

Adding on to his views, Gilani particularly expressed his delight over the improving economic ties between the two countries which had culminated in preparing a comprehensive investment promotion Roadmap. He said, “The Roadmap
envisages not only to take the bilateral trade to £ 2.5 billion by 2015 but also enhance investment opportunities.”

During his address, PM Gilani also thanked the UK for its support to Pakistan for gaining enhanced trade access to the European Union. He said, “We are appreciative of the UK support for EU trade concessions for Pakistan in the
wake of the 2010 floods. And we hope that the United Kingdom would continue supporting Pakistan’s request for GSP plus.”

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