Prime Minister to meet United States President at the Sidelines of Nuclear Security Summit

Islamabad: Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has said that he is likely to meet the US President, Barak Obama at the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul where he is going to represent Pakistan.

The Prime Minister was talking to Dr. Michael Koch, outgoing German Ambassador who paid a farewell call on him at PM’s House here this morning.

The Prime Minister said that Parliament is working on preparing new terms of engagements of the partnership between United States and Pakistan, as for any policy the ownership and support of public is important.

The Prime Minister while congratulating the outgoing German Ambassador for his appointment as Special Representative on Afghanistan and Pakistan said that Pakistan would continue to provide all support towards peaceful, stable and prosperous Afghanistan. He reiterated Pakistan’s stance to encourage Afghan led and Afghan own reconciliation process The Prime Minister said that he has made an appeal to all factions in Afghanistan on the request of Afghan President for greater reconciliation.

The Prime Minister maintained that Pakistan always supported the 3-D policy (Development, Dialogue and Deterrence). The world has now recognized its importance and efforts are underway to evolve a political solution of the menace of extremism and militancy.

The Prime Minister recalled the telethon conducted by none other but the German Chancellor herself when the historic devastating floods hit Pakistan in 2010 to raise funds for assistance of flood affectees. He also recollected his visit to Germany during which both the countries had very useful progress on a number of bilaterally beneficial areas.

The Prime Minister Appreciate the German Ambassador’s role in fostering bilateral relations between Pakistan and Germany. He said that Pakistan attaches great importance to its relations with Germany and would like to transform this relation into strategic partnership. Our bilateral relations are based on shared values of democracy, pluralism, respect for human rights and economic liberalism, he added.

The Prime Minister Appreciated German development assistance for Pakistan which increased from Euro 34 million for 2006-2007 to Euro 145.35 million for period 2009-2010. He said that Pakistan desires to enhance scope of economic relations with Germany which is 5th largest source of foreign direct investment (FDI) and fourth largest trading partner globally and largest trading partner among the EU countries.

The Prime Minister also thanked the continued German Support for GSP+ as well as for commencement of negotiations for Pakistan-EU Free Trade Agreement (FTA).

The outgoing German Ambassador thanked the Prime Minister for the support, hospitality and warmth which was extended to him during his stay in Pakistan. He reiterated his continued work towards progress and prosperity of the entire region during his new assignment as German Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. He said that Pakistan’s role is of paramount importance.

The outgoing German Ambassador also agreed with the Prime Minister that military solution is not permanent while political reconciliation and dialogue can yield long lasting effects.

The Prime Minister asked the outgoing Ambassador to pay his best regards to the German Chancellor. He reiterated invitation to the German Chancellor to visit Pakistan.

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