Pledging enhance cooperation, FM arrives in Berlin on a two-day visit

Shah Mehmood Qureshi said Pakistan wants to expand parliamentary relations with Germany and to further activate already existing friendship groups between the two countries

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Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has arrived in Berlin on Sunday with a delegation on a two-day official visit,

Pakistani Ambassador to Germany, Dr. Muhammad Faisal and senior officials of the German Foreign Ministry and senior embassy officials received the Foreign Minister at the airport.

Speaking at the Berlin Airport, the Foreign Minister said that he will hold meetings with the businessmen and community leaders today. He said that over 100 thousand Pakistanis live in Germany and are playing a very positive role.

The Foreign Minister said that he want to enhance cooperation in the field of economic diplomacy and exchange of technology for which he will hold talks with the Germen leadership.

He said, tomorrow, he will exchange views with his German Counterpart Heiko Maas on important regional and international issues; besides, meeting with the President of German Parliament Wolfgang Schäuble.

Shah Mehmood Qureshi said Pakistan wants to expand parliamentary relations with Germany and to further activate already existing friendship groups between the two countries.

It is noted that, Pakistan and Germany also enjoy good economic relations. Germany is the sixth largest importer of Pakistan goods. Pakistan’s main exports to Germany are textiles and leather goods, while Germany’s main exports to Pakistan are machinery and chemical products. Furthermore, around 30 German companies are operating in Pakistan – not only large firms but also small and medium-sized enterprises.

Pakistan was one of the first countries with which Germany began development cooperation. The German-Pakistan development partnership was launched in 1961, the year the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) was founded.

In November 2014, the German and Pakistan governments concluded an agreement to create a Pakistan-German Renewable Energy Forum (PGREF). The Forum is to be launched in Lahore in 2016. It will serve as a point of contact in Pakistan for the German energy sector, for associations and for non-governmental organisations. In the longer term, it is to provide training and information and facilitate cooperation between partners from Germany and Pakistan.

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