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FM departs for Berlin on two-day official visit to Germany

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Sunday morning left for Berlin on a two-day official visit to Germany.

Speaking before his departure, the foreign minister said Pakistan enjoys cordial relations with Germany. Terming Germany as Pakistan’s most important trading partner in European Union, he said matters related to economic relations, bilateral trade, investment, defense and people to people contacts will come into discussion during the visit.

The foreign minister said that he will apprise German leadership about regional situation, Afghan peace process and peace and security environment of South Asia, expressing confidence that the visit will be fruitful. 

He is visiting Germany on the invitation of his German counterpart Heiko Maas to hold delegation-level talks with the German leadership and other dignitaries.

The Foreign Minister will have delegation-level talks with Foreign Minister Maas at the Federal Foreign Office. He will also call on the President of the Bundestag, Wolfgang Schauble and have interactions with other dignitaries.

During the talks, the two Foreign Ministers would review the entire gamut of Pakistan-Germany relations and discuss ways and means to further deepen bilateral cooperation in diverse fields including trade, investment, health, security and defence, education, tourism, and people-to-people exchanges.

This year, Pakistan and Germany are celebrating the 70th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations. Both countries are planning to undertake a number of activities in this context.

Pakistan and Germany have been collaborating closely on regional matters and at the multilateral forums. Germany is the largest trading partner of Pakistan in the EU. Germany is also home to more than 100,000 Pakistani diaspora.

The visit to Germany is part of regular high-level exchanges between the two countries. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas visited Pakistan in March 2019.