PESHAWAR: British High Commissioner to Pakistan Christian Turner has visited Peshawar to strengthen support for basic services, peace, and inclusion and to build investment.
In a video statement he told that it was his first visit to the metropolis, where UK aid had been transforming lives and livelihoods for last 10 years.
“I am very excited about the opportunity for the collaboration between the UK and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province for three reasons,” he said adding that first of all to support basic services in health and education and build resilience against things like covid-19 and against flooding.
The second thing, that he said he was excited about, was to support peace, with the start of peace negotiations in Doha on Afghanistan. “We have a real opportunity to build greater regional connectivity and trade and work together against spoilers and enemies of peace,” he maintained.
Christian Turner said the third thing was to support inclusion and diversity to ensure women being a part of the economy and girls having full 12 years of education.
“If we collaborate together, all of these areas will build greater economic development, greater investment and more jobs,” he said.
The UK ambassador also visited Peshawar Museum and lauded beautifully preserved cultural treasures in it. He said it was a reminder of religious diversity and tourism potential.