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Pakistan desires more economic linkages with Germany: FM Qureshi

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BERLIN, Germany: The Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said that Pakistan wants to have more economic linkages with Germany for the enhancement of bilateral trade and investment.

While addressing a Joint News Conference with his German Counterpart Heiko Maas after delegation-level talks in Berlin on Monday, Qureshi said that there are great opportunities for Germany to invest in Pakistan in various areas including renewable energy, electric vehicles, information technology, and tourism.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that he has apprised his German Counterpart about the shift in Pakistan’s policy from geo-politics to geo-economics, the government’s focus on economic diplomacy, and the new incentives being offered to investors.

Referring to the regional security situation, Qureshi said that India will have to take the first step to create an enabling and conducive environment for talks with Pakistan after India’s action about Kashmir on August 5, 2019. He said that Pakistan wants to have peaceful relations with all the Countries including India, adding that all issues can be resolved through dialogue.

The foreign minister said that the objectives of Pakistan and Germany about Afghanistan are identical. He said that we want peace, stability, and progress in Afghanistan.

Qureshi said that Germany has an important role in stabilizing the situation in Afghanistan. He said that we will remain in touch on the Afghan issue.

The foreign minister thanked Germany for supporting Pakistan at FATF and also its support to grant EU GSP Plus status to Pakistan. He also thanked Germany for providing 15 million anti-COVID-19 doses to Pakistan.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that his visit is taking place when Pakistan and Germany are celebrating 70 years of their diplomatic relations, and its logo has also been made public.

In his remarks, the German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that the two sides held a constructive discussion on enhancing bilateral trade and investment. He said that Pakistan is of great importance for Germany.

The German foreign minister said that Pakistan has played great efforts for a peaceful solution to the conflict in Afghanistan. He said that any situation in Afghanistan influences intensively Pakistan.

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