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Govt pursuing economic diplomacy to attract investment: FM

BERLIN: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has arrived in Berlin with a delegation on a two-day official visit to celebrate 70 years of diplomatic relations with Germany.

Speaking at the dinner hosted in his honor at the Pakistan House in Berlin, the foreign minister said Pakistan has transformed its geographical political priorities into geographical economic priorities.

FM Qureshi said through economic diplomacy, the government is inviting world attention towards economic opportunities available in Pakistan. He said Pakistan is an emerging market  where plenty of investment opportunities exist.

He said the government is providing all possible facilities including E-Visa to foreign investors and we will welcome German entrepreneurs and companies to invest in Pakistan.

Qureshi has arrived in Berlin with a delegation on a two-day official visit on the initiation of his German counterpart Heiko Maas.

“Pleasure to be in #Germany on the invitation of FM @HeikoMaas, as Pakistan and Germany celebrate 70 years of diplomatic relations. Lang leben die Pakistanisch-Deutschen Beziehungen,” the foreign minister wrote on Twitter.

Pakistani Ambassador to Germany Dr Muhammad Faisal and senior officials of the German foreign ministry, and senior embassy officials received him at the airport.

Speaking at the Berlin airport upon arrival, FM Qureshi said that he will hold meetings with businessmen and community leaders. He said that over 100,000 Pakistanis live in Germany and are playing a very positive role.

The foreign minister said he wants to enhance cooperation in the field of economic diplomacy and the exchange of technology, for which he will hold talks with the German leadership.

He said he will exchange views with his German counterpart, Heiko Maas, on important regional and international issues.  He will also meet President of German Parliament Wolfgang Schäuble.

He noted that Pakistan wants to expand parliamentary relations with Germany and further activate the already existing friendship between the two countries.