Pakistan and UK emphasize Enhanced Strategic Dialogue
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.