ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Syed Tariq Fatemi on Thursday said that the Pakistan-European Union (EU) relationship was following an upward trajectory.
According to a statement issued by the Foreign Office, he was talking to Member of the European Parliament (MEP), Afzal Khan who called on him at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Islamabad.
The Special Assistant appreciated Afzal Khan’s support in the European Parliament, on all important issues. He also stressed on the need for greater parliamentary cooperation to further enhance this partnership.
The Special Assistant briefed Afzal Khan about the Government’s vision for a peaceful neighborhood and the initiatives aimed at promoting prosperity through regional connectivity. He also underlined the measures adopted by the Government for protection and promotion of human rights in the country.
Afzal Khan appreciated the accomplishments made by Pakistan in the fight against terrorism and acknowledged the positive impact of Government’s socio-economic policies.
In a separate meeting, the MEP Afzal Khan also called on Sartaj Aziz, Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs
The Adviser underscored the importance Pakistan attaches to its relations with the European Union (EU) and noted that Pakistan-EU partnership was moving in the right direction.
In this regard, he appreciated Afzal Khan’s continuous support at the European Parliament, especially on the Jammu and Kashmir issue.
The Adviser also underlined the need for more frequent parliamentary exchanges between the two sides to strengthen the existing relationship.
During the meeting, the Adviser briefed the MEP about the Government’s policies aimed at enhancing welfare and security of the people, generating economic growth and addressing the energy crisis.
He also apprised the MEP of the measures adopted by the Government for promotion of human rights of all citizens.
The MEP acknowledged the sacrifices made by the people and Government of Pakistan in their fight against terrorism. He also appreciated the steps taken by the Government for protection and promotion of human rights.
Acknowledging the positive impact of Government’s socio-economic policies, he assured his continued support for Pakistan in the European Parliament. NNI
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