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The British Secretary of State for International Development, Rt Hon. Justine Greening, called on the Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs today. The British Secretary of State was accompanied by DFID Director General for Country Programmes, Private Secretary, Special Adviser, British High Commissioner and Head of DFID Pakistan.

Adviser Sartaj Aziz expressed satisfaction on the ongoing development cooperation between the two countries. He hoped that the current positive and constructive momentum generated after third Pak-UK Enhanced Strategic Dialogue (ESD) in April 2016 would continue forward through a sustained follow-up. He said that the DFID’s programme has been progressing well in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and underscored the need to expand it to Sindh and Balochistan as well. He added that Pakistan would welcome British assistance in the reconstruction of areas affected by military operation against terrorists.

During the meeting, Secretary Greening appreciated the concrete steps taken by the present Government to improve socio-economic conditions in Pakistan. She stated that the DFID has the largest and most successful programme in Pakistan. The Minister reiterated UK’s commitment to extend further development assistance particularly in the areas of health and education.

07 June 2016

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