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German foreign minister arrives in Pakistan

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Mateen Haider — Updated about an hour ago

Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs, Mr. Sartaj Aziz in a delegation level meeting with the Foreign Minister of Germany, HE Dr. Farank-Walter Steinmeier in Islamabad on August 31, 2015. — PID
Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs, Mr. Sartaj Aziz in a delegation level meeting with the Foreign Minister of Germany, HE Dr. Farank-Walter Steinmeier in Islamabad on August 31, 2015. — PID
Foreign Minister of Germany, Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier Photo courtesy: Radio.gov.pk
Foreign Minister of Germany, Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier Photo courtesy: Radio.gov.pk
Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs, Mr. Sartaj Aziz and Foreign Minister of Germany, HE Dr. Farank-Walter Steinmeier during the Joint Press Conference at Foreign Office, Islamabad on August 31, 2015. — PID
Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs, Mr. Sartaj Aziz and Foreign Minister of Germany, HE Dr. Farank-Walter Steinmeier during the Joint Press Conference at Foreign Office, Islamabad on August 31, 2015. — PID
Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs, Mr. Sartaj Aziz in a delegation level meeting with the Foreign Minister of Germany, HE Dr. Farank-Walter Steinmeier in Islamabad on August 31, 2015. — PID
Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs, Mr. Sartaj Aziz in a delegation level meeting with the Foreign Minister of Germany, HE Dr. Farank-Walter Steinmeier in Islamabad on August 31, 2015. — PID

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister of Germany, Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Monday arrived in Islamabad on a two-day official visit to Pakistan.

A meeting between Dr Steinmeier and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was also held at Prime Minister House.

The meeting was also attended by Adviser on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz and prime minister’s Special assistant for foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi.

The German Foreign Minister thanked the prime minister for the warm welcome and hospitality extended to him during his visit to Pakistan.

“We have directed Pakistani government departments and institutions to follow the mutually agreed areas of cooperation discussed in my earlier visit to Germany,” said the premier.

The meeting discussed matters relating to bi-lateral and regional interest with particular focus on peace and stability in the region.

“Bi-lateral relations between Pakistan and Germany are improving and we expect better economic cooperation between the two countries,” said the German foreign minister.

The premier also thanked Germany on the occasion for supporting Pakistan for the GSP-Plus status given by the European Union (EU).

“Pakistan’s economy has experiencing a turn-around and key indicators are improving,” stated the prime minister.

Earlier the visiting foreign minister of Germany held a meeting with Adviser on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz.

Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz during a handshake with with the Foreign Minister of Germany, HE Dr. Farank-Walter Steinmeier in Islamabad on August 31, 2015. — PID
Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz during a handshake with with the Foreign Minister of Germany, HE Dr. Farank-Walter Steinmeier in Islamabad on August 31, 2015. — PID

Steinmeier is accompanied by German Ambassador and other senior officials of German foreign ministry on this trip.

German foreign minister appreciates Pakistan’s anti-terrorism efforts

The German foreign minister was also assured on the occasion that military action taken by Pakistan in North Waziristan was against all terrorist organisations, including the Haqqani Network.

“Haqqani network is no longer present in Pakistan, and they have shifted to Afghanistan after the recent military operations in the area,” said Sartaj Aziz.

“The infrastructure supporting Haqqani network in North Waziristan has been dismantled,” added Aziz.

The German foreign minister, Dr Steinmeier, expressed concern over military courts which have been established in Pakistan to try terror-related cases.

“Pakistan and Afghanistan need to work together for peace and prosperity in the region,” stated the German envoy.

Dr Steinmeier also expressed deep respect and gratitude for Pakistan’s efforts in the fight against terrorism and encouraged the Pakistani government to continue its close collaboration with Afghanistan.

Referring to the recent flare-up in tensions between Indian and Pakistan, he urged both countries to resolve their differences through dialogue.

The German foreign minister also met with Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Shareef at General Headquarters (GHQ) Rawalpindi

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