ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday left for Germany on a two-day official visit that will help in strengthening the exiting ties between the two countries.
His visit to the federal republic of Germany is being made at the invitation of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
The Foreign Office spokesperson Tasneem Aslam said that during the visit, the prime minister will hold talks with Chancellor Merkel that will be followed by a lunch in his honour. Thereafter, he will meet with President of the German Bundestag (Parliament).
Nawaz Sharif will also address a business forum organized by the Pakistan board of investment which is expected to be attended by a large number of German business executives and investors.
Pakistan and Germany enjoy close and cordial relations. Germany is Pakistan’s fourth largest trading partner globally and the largest in the European Union. Pakistan’s bilateral trade with Germany stands at $2.5 billion annually.
The two countries have a strong collaboration in various other fields.
Earlier on Sunday, the prime minister reached Lahore after his three-day official visit to China.
During his visit, Pakistan and China inked projects worth billions of rupees, which according to Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, would open new vistas and avenues of business, trade, investment and economic opportunities in Pakistan.