Gilani seeks more access to EU markets

July 20th, 2011 - 1:00 pm ICT by IANS  

Yousuf Raza Gilani Islamabad, July 20 (IANS) Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, who is in London, has urged increased trade and market access for Pakistani products in European markets, it was reported here.

Gilani Tuesday discussed bilateral issues with British Foreign Secretary William Hague.

Gilani, who reached London Monday, said Pakistan-Britain multidimensional cooperation in various areas, especially in the socio-economic realm, was vital to create new opportunities, development and promote peace and security in the region, reported Associated Press of Pakistan.

The prime minister said Pakistan looked forward to the early convening of the third Pakistan-EU Summit and to work towards achieving the common objective of strengthening democracy, economic prosperity and a world free from terrorism.

He said the best way to fight terrorism was to strengthen democracy and address the root causes that stem from socio-economic deprivations.

The British foreign secretary said Britain recognised that no country had suffered more from the scourge of terrorism than Pakistan.

He said his government would continue to extend all possible support in promoting educational facilities in Pakistan besides employment generation and poverty eradication in various areas of Pakistan.

Hague also assured continued support of the British government in Pakistan’s efforts against terrorism and to meet the critical economic challenges facing the country.

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