Tim Cook reportedly met with U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne this week to discuss Apple Pay and regulations in the country as the Apple CEO continues a tour to meet government officials, app developers, and students abroad.

Bloomberg reports that Osborne offered details of the discussion at a recent talk noting that the two “spoke extensively about Apple Pay” and that the UK Chancellor is “committed to ensuring that regulators don’t stifle innovation”:

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“I was thinking how extraordinary it was that you had a finance minister and the head of a tech company talking about the future of banking,” Osborne told a conference organized by the Bank of England on Wednesday. “I want the U.K. to be the global center of fintech. We will go out of our way to make that happen.”

Tim Cook appears to be on a bit of a world tour alongside the iPad Pro launch this week, making stops in various locations in the UK, Ireland, and Italy, among other places. The Apple CEO posted images on his official Twitter account from trips to visit app developers and students in Italy this week, as well as photos from a trip to Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.

Earlier today we reported that the Irish government and Apple had announced that an additional 1,000 jobs would be added at Apple’s EU headquarters in Cork, Ireland by mid-2017.

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