ISLAMABAD: The United Kingdom has assured Pakistan of its continued support in meeting the challenges posed by the recent floods. Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi held a meeting with his British counterpart William Hague on the sidelines of the 65th Session of the UN General Assembly in New York. He thanked the UK foreign secretary for the assistance provided by the British government and public for the flood victims of Pakistan. He underlined that this support was an indication that the bilateral relationship between the two countries went beyond the government level and needed to be built upon.
Foreign Minister Qureshi also appreciated the leading role played by UK in facilitating discussions within EU for provision of trade concessions, says a press release here Saturday. On the flood situation in Pakistan, the minister informed his British counterpart that the government was now moving into the early recovery phase in which priority was being given to agriculture and in particular the upcoming wheat crop.
Simultaneously, the government had initiated the process for damage needs assessment which was expected to be completed before the upcoming meeting of the Friends of the Democratic Pakistan (FODP) in Brussels. The government had also created the National Oversight Disaster Management Council consisting of respectable persons to address the issue of transparency.
The British foreign secretary said his country would lobby with other countries for providing flood assistance and trade concessions to Pakistan. He said that he would attend the October meeting of FODP in Brussels. NNI