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German Foreign Minister Annalena arrives in Islamabad to discuss mutual cooperation

Talking to media persons ahead of her tour, the foreign minister maintained that Pakistan has been affected more than any other country by the impact of the crisis in Afghanistan.

ISLAMABAD: German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock has reached Islamabad today (Tuesday) for her maiden two-day visit to Pakistan to discuss bilateral issues, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

The visit comes after the invitation of Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. The two foreign ministers will hold delegation-level talks on the entire range of bilateral matters and exchange views on regional and global issues.

“Germany is a valued partner of Pakistan, both bilaterally and in the context of the European Union,” the statement added. “The two countries have long-standing, cordial relations marked by mutual respect and close cooperation.”

“The two sides attach special importance to strengthening bilateral cooperation in diverse fields, including trade and investment, energy, defense, and people-to-people contacts,” it stated.

Pakistan and Germany completed 70 years of diplomatic ties in 2021. This milestone was celebrated by the two sides in a befitting manner, with a series of events held in Pakistan and Germany.

What’s on the agenda?

The German FM is looking to increase pressure on the Afghan Taliban over human rights and it will be one of the key issues during the foreign minister’s Pakistan visit.

“Baerbock sees Pakistan as a crucial partner in the evacuation of people from neighboring Afghanistan in need of protection,” the German Foreign Ministry stated.

Talking to media persons ahead of her tour, the foreign minister maintained that Pakistan has been affected more than any other country by the impact of the crisis in Afghanistan.

“At the same time is a key partner for us in bringing people out of Afghanistan to safety, for whom we bear responsibility,” she added. However, the foreign minister acknowledged that the evacuations had started slowly.

Baerbock will also meet the staff of the German embassy and the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), which has been working with people who have fled Afghanistan. Baerbock will also meet Afghan refugees who are in Islamabad and want to leave for Germany.

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