Pak­istan and UK em­pha­size En­hanced Strate­gic Di­a­logue

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The dec­la­ra­tion on Pak­istan-UK En­hanced Strate­gic Di­a­logue is­sued by the For­eign Of­fice states that both coun­tries have agreed on a num­ber of top­ics for the di­a­logue.

The Pak­istan-UK Strate­gic Di­a­logue is based on sovereignty, equal­ity, mu­tual trust and mu­tual re­spect. This en­hanced strate­gic di­a­logue will build on and in­ten­sify co­op­er­a­tion in the ar­eas set out for the mu­tual ben­e­fit of both coun­tries. These in­clude di­a­logue on fi­nan­cial macro-eco­nomic sta­bi­liza­tion and will fo­cus on growth, jobs and gov­er­nance.

Ac­cord­ing to the dec­la­ra­tion, the Strate­gic Di­a­logue will be ac­tively driven for­ward by the Pres­i­dent and Prime Min­is­ter of Pak­istan and the Prime Min­is­ter of the UK. An­nual meet­ings at head of gov­ern­ment level will re­view the bi­lat­eral re­la­tion­ship and de­ter­mine the pri­or­i­ties and ob­jec­tives for the com­ing year. For­eign Min­is­ters will meet bi-an­nu­ally in both coun­tries to re­view progress. Rel­e­vant min­is­ters will meet to agree on the agenda and tim­ings of fol­low-up meet­ings.

The ex­ist­ing work­ing groups cur­rently op­er­at­ing un­der the Strate­gic Di­a­logue, such as the Joint Work­ing Group, De­fence Co­op­er­a­tion Forum, Joint Ju­di­cial Co­op­er­a­tion Work­ing Group, as well as the Arms Con­trol and Dis­ar­ma­ment Di­a­logue and the an­nual De­vel­op­ment Part­ner­ship Re­view, will con­tinue to op­er­ate as part of the En­hanced Strate­gic Di­a­logue.

Talks on trade pro­mo­tion will aim at in­creas­ing co­op­er­a­tion on trade and in­vest­ment be­tween the two coun­tries.

The UK will ex­plore ways at im­prov­ing Pak­istan’s com­pet­i­tive­ness, in­clud­ing through its work on vo­ca­tion skills, and ac­tively pur­sue a pro­gramme of joint ac­tiv­i­ties in key sec­tors. The two sides agreed to the cre­ation of a civil­ian­mil­i­tary Na­tional Se­cu­rity Di­a­logue be­tween the UK and Pak­istan; com­pris­ing dis­cus­sion on re­gional se­cu­rity, CT and non-pro­lif­er­a­tion.

Both sides will also pro­mote co­op­er­a­tion in higher ed­u­ca­tion; in­ter­ac­tion among academia; stu­dent ex­change pro­gramme; joint re­search and col­lab­o­ra­tion in the fields of sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy and spe­cial­ized dis­ci­plines such as med­i­cal sci­ences.

The dec­la­ra­tion said that the UK will con­tinue its sup­port for the Bri­tish-Pak­istan Foun­da­tion and ex­plore fur­ther co­op­er­a­tion to pro­mote the cul­tural links be­tween the two coun­tries. Pak­istan and Bri­tain have agreed to en­hance strate­gic part­ner­ship in the fields of Trade, Se­cu­rity and Ed­u­ca­tion.

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