London Mayor Sadiq Khan arrives in Pakistan on maiden tour

Pakistan       by Haider Ali Sindhu | Published

Reporter Karl Mercer posed the question as Mr Khan met officials on the Indian-Pakistan border during a trade mission to the sub-continent.

Khan later called on Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif at his residence and attended a luncheon there.

Khan visits to India and Pakistan are part of the LondonIsOpen campaign - launched by the mayor- to show that London is united and open for businesses, and to the world, following the European Union referendum.

The mayor was received at the Wagah border by Mayor of Lahore retired Col Mubashar Javed and senior officials of the Punjab government.

He arrived in Lahore after a three-day visit to India.

The prime minister said that successful counter-terrorism efforts have made Pakistan an opportune destination for United Kingdom businesses.

During the meeting, both the leaders held discussion on trade and investment opportunities in Pakistan.

"The foreign minister also briefed the mayor about Pakistan's successes in the economic field and the regional situation", a Foreign Office statement said.

Speaking at a dinner reception given by the mayor of Lahore, Mr Khan said he was impressed by the hospitality of the people of Lahore. "I found Lahore as I had heard of it".

Sadiq Khan said that Pakistan and London share a long and unique history that has had a profound influence on shaping our respective societies, economies, and cultures. Sadiq Khan was born and raised in South London.

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