Pak-German FMs Agree to Further Broaden Economic Ties, Security Cooperation

Minister of Foreign Affairs & Trade of Hungary to pay official visit to Pakistan today

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Islamabad- Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi received Germany’s Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, today, during his brief visit to Islamabad. Recalling his own recent visit to Berlin, Foreign Minister Qureshi expressed gratitude for the warm welcome accorded to him and appreciated the fruitful outcome of the visit.

Foreign Minister Qureshi underlined the importance of regular high-level exchanges between Pakistan and Germany and maintaining a steady upward trajectory in the relationship. The two Foreign Ministers reviewed bilateral cooperation and exchanged views on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Foreign Minister Qureshi underscored the importance of enhancing mutual cooperation and collaboration to combat the pandemic in a holistic manner. He thanked the German side for its efforts to ensure the earliest possible provision of vaccine through the COVAX initiative.

Foreign Minister 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 underscored the importance of responsible withdrawal and steady progress by the Afghan parties towards a negotiated political settlement. He added that all efforts must be made for the reduction of violence leading to the ceasefire. The Foreign Minister 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. Caution against the role of ‘spoilers’, the Foreign Minister also underlined the importance of commitment and perseverance in the efforts for peace. The Foreign Minister underscored that peace in Afghanistan would yield other significant dividends including enhanced trade and regional connectivity.

The Foreign Minister also highlighted Pakistan’s shifting focus from geo-politics to geo-economics, within the perspective of the economic security paradigm.

Pakistan and Germany enjoy cordial relations based on shared interests. The two Foreign Ministers have regularly been interacting bilaterally as well as at the international fora.

The year 2021 marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Pakistan and Germany. A range of events is envisaged by the two governments to celebrate this milestone in a befitting manner.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi says Pakistan deeply values its relations with Hungary.

Talking to Ambassador of Hungary to Pakistan Béla Fazekas in Islamabad on Thursday, he said the growing bilateral trade, investment and economic cooperation despite the COVID-19 challenge is a welcome development.

The two sides discussed bilateral relations, cooperation in various sectors, and matters of mutual interest.

They also exchanged views about the expected visit of the Foreign Minister of Hungary to Pakistan.

The Hungarian Ambassador, on the occasion, assured his country’s every possible cooperation for the promotion of trade and economic cooperation between the two countries.

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary Peter Szijjarto will pay an official visit to Pakistan today with a high-level business delegation to explore business opportunities in Pakistan.

Besides one-on-one meeting with Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, the Hungarian Foreign Minister will also have delegation-level talks.

The talks will review the existing bilateral relations and chart the way forward for taking the relationship to the next level.

The two foreign ministers will particularly focus on enhancing cooperation in bilateral trade, economy, and other potential areas such as agricultural research and food industry and other fields. They will exchange views on regional and international issues. Both Foreign Ministers will jointly address Pakistan-Hungary Economic Diplomacy event, which will be attended by Hungarian business delegation as well as representatives of Pakistani companies.

During the visit, the Hungarian Foreign Minister will also interact with other dignitaries.

Bilateral cooperation is growing between Pakistan and Hungary across a wide range of areas of common interest. Deepening collaboration in economic, trade, energy and investment sectors is the focus of the two governments.

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