Fresh strides in Pak-EU Ties

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Pakistan and the EU are celebrating the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations this year. At the time when Pakistan is diversifying its foreign policy, the meeting of Charge d’ Affairs of the European Union to Pakistan Thomas Seiler with Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif is of vital importance. In the past 7 to 8 years, Pakistan has been working on a balanced foreign policy and avoiding camp politics. The European Union granted Pakistan GPS Plus status which provided a great boost to our exports. After the United States, the European countries are big trade markets for Pakistani exports. Moreover, a huge Pakistani diaspora in European countries are heavily contributing to the economic development of the country through their foreign remittances. There is a dire need to strengthen our trade relations with the European Union. As for the Kashmir issue, many international organizations in European countries are expressing concerns over human rights violations in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir and keeping the Kashmir issue alive. Prime Minister, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif, highlighting strong economic, trade and investment ties between Pakistan and the European Union, has expressed the desire for further strengthening the multi-faceted relationship in diverse sectors including climate change and legal migration. He expressed his desire during a meeting with a Charge d’ Affairs of the European Union to Pakistan Thomas Seiler who called on him in Islamabad on Saturday. The prime minister also underscored the importance of regular high-level exchanges between two sides to deepen bilateral collaboration and enhance mutual cooperation on issues of peace and stability in the regional and international context. The charge d’ affairs congratulated the prime minister on assuming the office and conveyed the best wishes of the European Council President and the President of the EU Commission. Pertinent to mention that harmonious ties will further robust Pakistan’s posture in the geopolitical realm.

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