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Pakistan, India must find lasting solution to Kashmir dispute: UK foreign secy

ISLAMABAD: British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson says the United Kingdom believes Pakistan and India should find a lasting solution to the Kashmir dispute taking into account aspirations of the Kashmiri people.

Addressing a joint briefing here, the British Foreign Secretary expressed concern over recent developments on the Line of Control and called for restraints, and  urged the two countries to maintain a positive dialogue.

Meanwhile, UK and Pakistan committed to further strengthening their relationship through increased trade and investment and cultural cooperation.

The pledge came during talks between Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and visiting UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson in Islamabad.

Aziz pointed out that the two countries have been cooperating under the framework of enhanced strategic dialogue since 2011. The two sides had already agreed to three new road-maps on trade and investment, culture and education and security.

He appreciated the assistance and support of the United Kingdom to Pakistan in key areas specifically in education and health sectors.

He said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has extended an invitation to his British counterpart to visit Pakistan next year.

The British Foreign Secretary said his country was looking forward to enhanced strategic partnership especially in areas of education, security, trade and culture.



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