Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar discussed the regional situation including the situation in Afghanistan with David Miliband, former foreign secretary of State of the United Kingdom on Wednesday.
She reiterated the view that Pakistan supports peace efforts and intra-group talks between Afghan stakeholders. She said that peace in Afghanistan is in the interest of Pakistan.
During the meeting, Foreign Minister stated that Pakistan attached high importance to its relations with the UK and regarded it as a friend and a genuine development partner. She expressed appreciation for Miliband’s valuable contribution as Secretary of State to further strengthening of bilateral relations.
Both agreed that regular exchange of views were important to deepen understanding on matters of mutual interest. Miliband is currently on a private visit to Pakistan.
Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar called on the Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bakir Izetbegovic.
Foreign Minister appreciated the timely assistance Pakistan received from Bosnia for the earthquake of 2005 and floods of 2010-11. She reiterated Pakistan’s principled support for Bosnian territorial integrity. She hoped that the MoU signed with the Bosnian Chamber would provide a framework for enhancing bilateral trade. She also hoped that the two countries would be able to conclude the Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) at the earliest.
The Chairman of the Bosnian Presidency thanked Pakistan’s continued support for Bosnia and appreciated the assistance rendered by Pakistan in various sectors.
He informed that his government was stabilizing the economy of Bosnia and was looking forward to joining NATO and the European Union within next few years. Chairman Izetbegovic underscored the strategic location of Bosnia as a gateway to European markets, which offered Pakistan a unique economic opportunity.
The Foreign Minister also briefed the Chairman on Pakistan’s efforts to root out terrorism from the region. They also discussed the situation in Afghanistan.
Pakistan traditionally enjoys cordial relations with Bosnia and Herzegovina. Chairman Izetbegovic is on a two- day State visit to Pakistan from 09-10 October leading a high level delegation which also includes bankers, businessmen and the university rectors.