London mayor arrives in Lahore to strengthen trade, cultural ties

Pakistan Forward

LAHORE -- The mayor of London is in Pakistan as part of an international campaign, Dawn reported Wednesday (December 6).

Sadiq Khan arrived in Lahore Wednesday from India through the Wagah border crossing. He is the first ever London mayor to officially visit Pakistan.

His visits are part of the LondonIsOpen campaign, which is aimed at showing that London is united and open for business following the EU referendum, commonly referred to as Brexit. During his trip, he will focus on strengthening international trade and investment links as well as promoting cultural exchange.

Khan conferred on ties between London and Pakistan with Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif while in Lahore.

"I see my visit as an exciting opportunity to build on the ties that bind our cities and countries together for the mutual benefit of everyone — Brits and Pakistanis, Londoners and Lahoris, EastEnders and Karachiites alike," wrote Khan in Dawn Wednesday.

"It was a pleasure to host Mayor of London ... The UK-Pakistan partnership continues to deepen with passage of time," tweeted Sharif.

Khan is also scheduled to visit Islamabad and Karachi, during which he will seek to strengthen links between London and those cities, Dawn reported.

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