Adviser Sartaj Aziz discusses bilateral cooperation under Pakistan-UK Enhanced
Mr. Sartaj Aziz, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs held meetings
with Sir Mark Lyall-Grant, British National Security Adviser (NSA) and Sir
Ciaran Devane, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), British Council as part of the
review of Enhanced Strategic Dialogue (ESD), between Pakistan and the UK, on 18
In meeting with NSA, both sides agreed to continue their cooperation in the
areas of counter-terrorism, organized crime and illegal migration. The Adviser
appreciated the UK’s support and assistance in countering the extremist threat.
He briefed the NSA on the initiatives taken by Pakistan to improve the security
situation including the ongoing military offensive ‘Zarb-e-Azb’ and the National
Action Plan (NAP). The Adviser also highlighted Pakistan’s policy of “peaceful
neighbourhood” and briefed his interlocutor on the steps taken by Pakistan to
improve relations with its neighbours including India and Afghanistan.
The NSA commended Pakistan’s efforts to curb extremism and offered UK’s
continued support in timely and effective implementation of the National Action
Plan. He also assured of UK’s support in capacity building of the security and
law enforcement agencies including NACTA. The NSA lauded Pakistan’s role in
seeking peace and stability in Afghanistan. On India, he added that UK was ready
for its meaningful role in strengthening regional security and cooperation.
During the meeting with CEO of British Council, the two sides discussed and
reviewed the whole spectrum of activities under the existing education and
cultural roadmap signed in 2014, with particular focus on British Council’s work
in Pakistan. The Adviser emphasized on the need for reinvigorating the cultural
and educational connections between the two countries. Both sides decided to
expand British Council’s activities in Pakistan with opening libraries and
cultural centres in Karachi and Lahore along with a digital library available to
millions of Pakistanis.
To enhance cultural engagement, it was also agreed that a new Cultural Roadmap
would be signed between Pakistan and the UK. The new Roadmap would focus on
collaboration in arts, archaeology, and research & develop partnerships to
support heritage, museums and the creative industries.
In addition to the above meetings, the Adviser also attended a lunch with the
British Pakistani Parliamentarians hosted by Syed Ibne Abbas, High Commissioner
for Pakistan at the British Parliament.
The Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs is on a three-day official
visit to the UK to participate in the third Ministerial Review of the
Pakistan-UK Enhanced Strategic Dialogue from 18 – 20 April 2016. he will also
participate in the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) on 20 April
Mr. Sartaj Aziz, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs with Sir Mark
Lyall-Grant, British National Security Adviser (NSA) at his office in London on
Mr. Sartaj Aziz, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs with Sir
Ciaran Devane, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), British Council in London on
18-04-2016. Syed Ibne Abbas, Pakistan High Commissioner to the UK is also
Mr. Sartaj Aziz, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs in a group
photo with British Pakistani Parliamentarians at the House of Commons on
18-04-2016. (From left to right) Syed Ibne Abbas, Pakistan High Commissioner to
the UK, Naz Shah MP, Rehman Chishti MP, Adviser Sartaj Aziz, Yasmin Qureshi MP,
and Lord Qurban Hussain