Pakistan will work closely with UK, Nawaz tells Theresa May

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British PM says there will be no adverse effects on Britain-Pakistan bilateral relations post-Brexit

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday assured British Prime Minister Theresa May of his support to work closely with her in achieving close bilateral relations in all fields.

The prime minister held out this assurance while talking to the British premier who telephoned him.

Prime Minister Sharif extended his warmest congratulations to Theresa May on her historic appointment as the prime minister of the United Kingdom. He said her appointment to the office of prime minister reflected the faith and confidence the people of UK had reposed in her ability to steer the country at this historic time.

The prime minister expressed his confidence that under her leadership and vision of May, Britain would become ever stronger and continue its important role in the world affairs, according to a press release issued by the PM’s Office media wing.

The government and the people of Pakistan greatly value her long association with Pakistan, the prime minister said, adding that the United Kingdom was a traditional ally, a close friend and a trusted partner of Pakistan.

Theresa May thanked Prime Minister Sharif for his kind words, and said Pakistan was their dependable ally. She assured Sharif that both the countries would work together in the post-Brexit era and there would be no adverse effects on the bilateral relations after the UK exited the European Union. She said Pakistan and the United Kingdom would work together as bilateral partners.

The United Kingdom was committed to working with Pakistan in security-related matters and strengthening democracy, she added.

Theresa May said that the UK strongly supported the democratic system of Pakistan as development of Pakistan and development of democracy were interlinked.

She further said that she was eagerly waiting for her upcoming visit to Pakistan in the coming months as the British prime minister.

May’s visit to Pakistan was previously scheduled when she was serving as the British home secretary.