German Foreign Minister in Pakistan

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German Foreign Heiko Maas is on an official visit to Pakistan to strengthen bilateral relations between Germany and Pakistan and enhance cooperation on issues of mutual interest, coronavirus challenges, and the Afghan peace process.  This is a follow-up visit by the German Foreign Minister as Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi visited Germany around two weeks ago.  During the meeting between the two FMs, bilateral cooperation and the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have been discussed. Moreover, Mr. Qureshi apprised his German counterpart on Pakistan’s steadfast support for a peaceful and stable Afghanistan and positive contributions to the Afghan peace process. He further stressed that the Afghan stakeholders must engage constructively to work out an inclusive, broad-based, and comprehensive political solution, through an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led process. While cautioning against the role of “spoilers”, he also underlined the importance of commitment and perseverance in the efforts for peace. These are pertinent developments for strengthening the ties between Pakistan and Germany. Germany offers immense opportunities for trade and is also among the most significant and influential actors in the European Union, therefore, strong ties with Germany will not only help Pakistan to enhance its exports but also pave the way for Pakistan to achieve its interests vis-à-vis Europe. The visit of the German Foreign Minister to Pakistan is the result of foreign policy guidelines given by Prime Minister Imran Khan and the untiring efforts of Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Mr. Shah Mahmood. The robust foreign policy of Pakistan under the leadership of Imran Khan, in recent months, has significantly improved Pakistan’s relations with important regional and extra-regional actors.

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