Islamabad - British High Commissioner Adam Thomson paid his farewell call on Federal Minister for Interior and Narcotics Control, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, here on Saturday.

During the meeting, the minister appreciated the services rendered by the outgoing UK High Commissioner during his tenure in Islamabad and said he would always be remembered as a friend of Pakistan who played an important role in bringing the two countries closer to each other.

The minister said that Pakistan and the UK had longstanding fraternal relations and the present government was endeavouring to further strengthen them. The meeting touched upon the areas of close cooperation between the UK and Pakistan including issues of security, illegal immigration, counter terrorism and drug trafficking.

The High Commissioner said that the momentum generated in these areas by the visit of British Home Secretary Theresa May would be further built upon. He said that UK attaches great importance to cooperation with Pakistan in these fields and sees Pakistan as an important player in the region. The UK, he said, would like to help Pakistan in all manners possible to get out of its current difficulties.

Thomson said he is leaving Pakistan with a heavy heart and would always cherish the memories of his stay in Islamabad.