The UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab visited Pakistan yesterday to discuss how the two countries can work closely together on the situation in Afghanistan.
He held meetings with Prime Minister Imran Khan, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Chief of Army Staff General Bajwa with discussions focused on securing a safe passage for those leaving Afghanistan, combatting terrorism, the humanitarian situation and regional stability, among other issues.
The Foreign Secretary visited the Afghanistan-Pakistan border at Torkham, an important crossing point, to see for himself the situation on the ground. He also met members of the team supporting the current crisis response.
Speaking at a joint press briefing with the Pakistan Foreign Minister, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said: “The basis for the UK-Pakistan relationship is very strong – and the UK has the desire to take it to the next level. We also have a very clear and shared interest in the future of Afghanistan. We will judge the Taliban by their actions, not their words.
“The Foreign Secretary underlined the UK’s commitment to help those fleeing Afghanistan, including by supporting neighbouring countries. The UK has announced a doubling of aid to Afghanistan to £286 million, and has released the first tranche of £30m of that to support Afghanistan’s regional neighbours, including Pakistan.”
“The Foreign Secretary’s visit to Pakistan underlines just how vital the UK-Pakistan relationship is,” added Dr Christian Turner CMG, the UK High Commissioner to Pakistan. “We are committed to working closely together to help the people of Afghanistan and promote stability in the region.”