Imran Khan, Boris Johnson discuss bilateral ties, Afghan peace process, Covid-19
Prime Minister Imran Khan Monday held a telephonic conversation with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and exchanged views on the current trajectory of bilateral relations, the Afghan peace process, the Covid-19 Pandemic, and climate change.
He thanked Prime Minister Boris Johnson for his thoughtful video message for the World Environment Day event held in Islamabad on 5 June 2021.
The PM expressed the hope that Pakistan and the UK would be able to forge an even stronger partnership in the future, particularly in the domains of trade and investments.
Imran Khan lauded the efforts of Boris Johnson in effectively combating the Covid-19 pandemic in the UK. He also briefed his British counterpart on measures taken by Pakistan to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic while saving lives, securing livelihoods, and stimulating the economy. The PM urged the UK to revisit the decision of placing Pakistan on the Red List of travel ban countries.
On Afghanistan, Imran Khan reiterated Pakistan’s support for an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process. He reiterated his longstanding stance that there was no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan and that a negotiated political solution was the only way forward.
Underscoring the importance of a responsible withdrawal, the Prime Minister apprised his British counterpart of Pakistan’s ongoing efforts to support the Afghan peace process, as part of shared responsibility.
He apprised Prime Minister Boris Johnson of the progress made by Pakistan to strengthen its AML/CFT [Anti-Money Laundering/Combating the Financing of Terrorism] framework.
He urged that the members of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) should recognize Pakistan’s achievements in complying with FATF benchmarks. The two agreed to continue to work together to further strengthen relations and advance the common objective of regional and global peace and stability.