British Foreign Secretary William Hague has welcomed package of measures announced by the European Union to help Pakistan’s recovery from the devastating floods.
In a statement released by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, he said:
“Pakistan needs real help urgently after the appalling damaged wreaked by the floods. So the British Government is very pleased that EU leaders were able to agree on measures that will significantly aid Pakistan’s recovery. Getting that agreement at the EU summit was a major priority for us”.
“It took some serious effort from the Prime Minister, myself and other partners to get the deal done at the talks but in the end we achieved a genuinely good result.
Our task now is to make sure that these agreed measures are actually delivered and delivered soon.”
The EU Summit at Brussels while pledging additional humanitarian and development aid also agreed as trade measure to boost growth including commitment to make Pakistan eligible for the EU’s preferential GSP plus scheme from 2014 subject to certain conditions.
The European Commission will now explore options with WTO partners, with a view to presenting a finalised proposal next month.