Islamabad, February 04, 2014 (PPI-OT): Dr. Michael Koch, Special German Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan called on Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in Parliament House, this morning. Various issues of mutual interest came under discussion during the meeting.
While talking to the visiting dignitary, the Speaker National Assembly said that Pakistan greatly values German assistance for socio-economic development in Pakistan. He said that Pakistan strongly desires a broad based and sustainable engagement between Germany and Pakistan for mutual benefit.
He said that Parliamentary cooperation and interaction could be a driving force behind strengthening of the relations. He thanked German support to Pakistan for acquiring the GSP+ status.
Referring to the peace in the region, the Speaker said that Pakistan believes in peace and good relations with its neighbors. He said that the region had been badly affected by the insurgency for which joint efforts were imperative by the stakeholders.
He said that Pakistan strongly desires a peaceful, stable and prosperous Afghanistan which was in the interest of the region and the world. He said that continuous interaction between parliamentarians of Afghanistan and Pakistan has brought both the countries more closer.
Dr. Michael Koch agreed with the Speaker and said that Germany also considers Pakistan an important country in the region. He said that Germany would provide every possible support for development in Pakistan since it has been effected by the war against insurgency.
He was confident that the continuous engagement between parliamentarians of Afghanistan and Pakistan would help forge joint efforts to curb this menace. He was optimistic that the GSP+ status to Pakistan would help generation of economic activity in the country.
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