ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is holding talks with Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Malaysia to bolster tourism, said Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Friday, a few hours after the UK announced it had eased travel restrictions for British nationals aiming to visit Pakistan.
The UK made a major change to its travel advice regarding Pakistan, telling its nationals following a “wide-ranging assessment” that they could now “travel by road to the North of Pakistan as well as the Kalesh and Bamboret Valleys”.
FM Qureshi said credit for the change in the UK’s travel advisory goes to the entire nation and its armed forces.
“Change in Britain’s travel advisory is a major progress,” he said. “I have spoken to the British foreign minister and we have also held talks with President Trump about it.”
The foreign minister expressed the hope that Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Malaysia would help Pakistan in promoting tourism, saying that Islamabad was already in talks with the three countries about tourism investment.
“Prime Minister Imran has requested Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to help Pakistan by investing in its tourism,” he said.
Speaking about the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) development, Qureshi said Pakistan will be taken out of the grey list if the case was heard on its merit.