High Representative of EU condemns Quetta terrorist attack

ISLAMABAD, Jul 16 (APP): The EU High Representative for
Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini and foreign ministers of Portugal, Romania and Denmark Saturday acknowledged Pakistan’s sacrifices and key role in the fight against terrorism and lauded the successes achieved in counter-terrorism operations.

They expressed these views in their bilateral meetings with
the Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz on the sidelines of the 11th ASEM Summit in Ulaanbaatar Mongolia, which concluded on July 16, 2016, said a press release received here.

They also appreciated Pakistan’s sound policies for economic
revival and expressed their desire to strengthen trade and
investment cooperation with Pakistan.

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In his meeting with Mogherini, the Adviser briefed her on the
positive developments in Pakistan including successful military operation Zarb-e- Azb, improved performance of economy and reforms in the social sector.

The dignitaries also discussed matters relating to GSP plus
concessions, Readmission Agreement between Pakistan and EU, as wells as avenues for future cooperation.

Mogherini lauded Pakistan’s contribution to fight against
terrorism and its efforts for peace and reconciliation in
Afghanistan. She expressed hope that Pakistan would continue to play its crucial role in this regard.

In meetings with the Foreign Ministers of Romania, Portugal
and Denmark, the Adviser reviewed bilateral relations and exchanged views on important regional and international issues.

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He stressed that successful outcome of the Zarb-e-Azb military operation had created an enabling environment for economic growth and investments in Pakistan, providing an opportunity for these countries to explore Pakistan’s vast market potential.

They agreed to reinvigorate bilateral cooperation with greater focus on expanding trade, education and cultural ties.
The recent unfortunate events in Indian Occupied Kashmir also came under discussion with the Adviser emphasizing the need to respect the human rights of the Kashmiri people.

The question of Pakistan’s NSG membership was also taken up by the Adviser with the Foreign Ministers of these countries.