ISLAMABAD, Aug 10 (APP): The newly appointed British Minister for International Development (DFID), Priti Patel, made a telephone call to the Federal Minister for Finance Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar Wednesday morning and felicitated the Finance Minister for achieving economic turnaround of the country.

Referring to the longstanding relationship with Britain, Ishaq Dar said, “Great Britain and Pakistan enjoy long standing political, economic and social ties.”

“The British Government has continued to make significant contributions to development in Pakistan over the years,” he added.

Acknowledging DFID’s support for Pakistan, the Finance Minister said, “DFID is currently providing support to Pakistan in priority areas of education, poverty alleviation, financial inclusion, nutrition and social welfare”.

“We are not only keen to maintain this level of DFID’s commitment but are also looking forward to taking it to the next level under your able leadership,” he added.

Patel thanked the Finance Minister for his good wishes and said that it is an integral part of her new role to improve further the level of cooperation with friendly countries, including Pakistan.

Patel further added that she is committed to further build on the strong relationship established during the tenure of her predecessor Justin Greening.

She also expressed the desire to meet the Finance Minister during the Annual Meetings of the IMF/World Bank scheduled for October this year.

The Finance Minister said that the Government of Pakistan and the Ministry of Finance is looking forward to working closely with DFID in future and invited her for an early visit to Pakistan.

The Finance Minister also expressed hope that with Patel in office there would be greater cooperation between Britain and Pakistan.