Indian origin Alok Sharma appointed UK Minister for Asia and Pacific

| Updated: Jul 20, 2016 17:13 IST

New Delhi, July 20 (ANI): Alok Sharma, Member of Parliament for Reading West, has been appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office with responsibility for Asia and the Pacific. Following his appointment, Alok Sharma said: "I am honoured to have been appointed by the Prime Minister as Minister for Asia & the Pacific, hugely important parts of the world that are crucial for the UK's prosperity and security. Britain is a truly great country and I will work tirelessly to ensure we continue to thrive and prosper on the world stage. I look forward to working closely with my new colleagues and my counterparts across Asia & the Pacific, with a particular focus on strengthening commercial ties, increasing investment opportunities in both directions and promoting human rights in the region." (ANI)