Pakistan, Germany hold strategic dialogue

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ISLAMABAD, Aug 18 (APP): Pakistan and Germany have agreed to enhance cooperation in diverse areas, particularly in trade and economic cooperation.

This understanding was expressed during the third round of strategic
dialogue between the two countries held in Berlin on August 17.
Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry led the Pakistani delegation,
while the German side was represented by State Secretary Markus Ederer, a Foreign Ministry statement said issued here.

Both sides held detailed discussions on issues of mutual interest,
including economic cooperation, defence, trade, investment, culture, education, security and strategic stability.

The two sides also reviewed in detail the regional situation
including Afghanistan, the Middle East and latest developments in the European Union.

It was agreed that greater effort was needed in countering extremism
and terrorism, which has become a global menace.

The Foreign Secretary apprised his counterpart of the latest
situation in Indian Occupied Kashmir and urged the international community to play its role in calling on India to put an end to blatant human rights violations in the Valley.

Aizaz Chaudhry, who is currently on a two day official visit
to Germany, also called on Dr. Christoph Heusgen, Foreign and Security Policy Advisor to German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

He addressed a round table event of German political foundations at
the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Foundation and briefed them on Pakistan’s foreign policy, particularly its relations with Germany and the EU.

He also attended a gathering of Pakistani community representatives
residing in Germany arranged by the Pakistan Embassy in Berlin. He responded to their queries and issued directions to the Embassy to continue serving the community with dedication and commitment.