Politics

EU parliamentary delegation meets FM

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Wednesday, 18-July-2012
Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar

 

ISLAMABAD: A five-member delegation of the European Parliament headed by Ms. Jean Lambert, Member European Parliament (MEP) and Chair of South Asia Delegation, called on Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar here Tuesday.
 
Lambert was accompanied by Mr. Salvador Sedo i Alabart, MEP and Mr. Phil Bennion, MEP.
 
The Foreign Minister expressed her appreciation for the EU's generous humanitarian assistance to Pakistan in the aftermath of the 2010 and 2011 floods. She also thanked the delegation for supporting Pakistan's case for greater market access, including Autonomous Trade Preferences (ATPs) and the GSP Plus scheme in 2014.
 
The Foreign Minister recalled the successful visit of the EU High Representative, Lady Catherine Ashton, to Islamabad in June 2012 during which the Pakistan-EU Strategic Dialogue was launched.
 
Foreign Minister Khar reiterated Pakistan's desire to forge deeper relations with the EU in all spheres.
 
Foreign Minister Khar informed the delegation that to strengthen democracy and promote and protect human rights, the Government had introduced far-reaching structural reforms in the country.
 
While discussing the situation in Afghanistan, the Foreign Minister said that peace and stability in Afghanistan was in Pakistan's core national interest. She also emphasized the importance of an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned reconciliation process.Lambert commended the steps taken by Pakistan towards strengthening democracy and improving human rights despite many challenges.
 
She also appreciated Pakistan's efforts against extremism and terrorism. Lambert informed that the European Parliament was in the process of finalizing the ATPs and hoped they would be operationalized soon. She also expressed her support for greater market access for Pakistan, including through Pakistan's inclusion in the GSP+ scheme.
 



    

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