Pakistan, Germany agree to expand bilateral relations in different fields

Pakistan and Germany on Saturday agreed to expand and further strengthen their bilateral relations and cooperation in various fields including economy, education, defence, infrastructure and energy.

Both the countries have had in-depth discussions on initiating strategic dialogue; enhance investment and economic ties and boost defence cooperation.

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, who arrived here on Saturday on two day visit to Pakistan, discussed security situation on the Afghan-Pakistan border with his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi.

Addressing a joint press conference here at the foreign office after the bilateral talks, they said the meeting was focused on Strategic Dialogue which was decided by the leaders of two countries in the past.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi said, “We shared concept papers of German-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue.” He said, “We have good discussion and it will continue as more time is needed to discuss bilateral relations especially in the economic and defence fields.”

Qureshi thanked the German Foreign Minister for unprecedented contribution of German government and German people for flood affected people adding that it was close to 300 million dollars that included 210 million dollars that was came from ordinary German people.

Qureshi said, “We discussed potential of investment in Pakistan and economic relations enhancement between the two countries especially in the area of renewable energy and agriculture sector.”

He said Pakistan is the third largest milk producing country and Germany can help Pakistan to preserve milk and milk products. The foreign minister said, “We also discussed education as Germany is the third largest country for higher education for the Pakistani students and Germany has been providing scholarships.”

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle addressing the press conference said bilateral relations are deep and Germany is true friend of Pakistan and both the countries always stood by each other in very difficult times.

He said German people and government have always shown solidarity with Pakistan especially in difficult circumstances.

German Foreign Minister said Pakistan is facing important challenges, politically and economically and especially after the recent flash floods.

The German minister said, “It showed our engagement is necessary to fight against every terrorist. We encourage Pakistan and Afghanistan to closely cooperate in the security issues and Germany as a friend will support you in this regard.”