ISLAMABAD: Pakistan High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Syed Ibne Abbas and British envoy to the Commonwealth Tim Cole discussed the UK-Pakistan ties, cooperation between the two countries at Commonwealth and other multilateral fora. They shared the views based on common language common law as well as shared history and culture the Commonwealth provided a valuable forum for the member countries for socio economic and trade and development cooperation. The High Commissioner felicitated Tim Cole on assuming the new office and assured him of all possible support. The UK envoy called on the Pakistan High Commissioner in his office, said a message received here Saturday. Ibne Abbas said Pakistan attached great importance to its relations with the Commonwealth and reiterated its commitment to further strengthening the organization and promoting its objectives and core values. The two sides agreed that there was a need to make the Commonwealth more effective through much needed reforms. The future role of in the wake of Brexit came under discussion.
Deliberations were made on how the Commonwealth trade advantage could be used to enhance trade among the member countries. The two sides agreed to continue working closely to promote the objectives of Commonwealth. The Envoy shared that the UK government was planning to hold the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in the UK in 2018. The High Commissioner said Pakistan looked forward to participating in the meeting. Cole appreciated Pakistan’s constructive role within the organization.