Islamabad, 22 July 2022 (TDI): The Foreign Minister of Germany, Annalena Baerbock, made a telephone call to the Pakistan Foreign Minister, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.

During the telephone call, both sides discussed bilateral ties and matters of the regional situation. The foreign minister of Pakistan recalled the visit of the German foreign minister to Islamabad last month.

The visit has added further momentum to growing collaboration in the bilateral relationship.

Pakistan and Germany have robust economic engagement. Concerted efforts should be made to further strengthen it, as alluded to by the two countries.

Pakistan’s foreign minister reiterated that Pakistan highly values its bilateral relations with Germany. These bilateral relations should be further expanded in all areas of mutual interest.

In addition, he expressed Pakistan’s interest in closer bilateral engagement in the fields of climate change and capacity enhancement of scientific institutions.

As a result, he also appreciated Germany’s steadfast support for Pakistan’s GSP Plus status.

Afghanistan situation: Issues discussed

While discussing the situation in Afghanistan, Foreign Minister Bilawal mentioned that Pakistan had been facilitating the evacuations on a humanitarian basis.

He acknowledged Germany’s humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan. The foreign minister noted the need for scaled-up support from the international community in protecting the lives and livelihoods of the Afghan people.

He invited Foreign Minister Baerbock to visit Pakistan on a mutually convenient date. The German Foreign Minister thanked him for the invitation.

She simultaneously extended an invitation to Foreign Minister Bilawal to visit Germany. The two ministers agreed to remain in close contact.

Pak-Germany relations

Since 1951, Germany and Pakistan have enjoyed close and diverse relations. This year they marked the 70th anniversary of their bilateral relations.

Furthermore, Germany is very keen to see democratic and sustainable development in Pakistan. It has a great interest in the country playing a constructive role in the region, for example in Afghanistan.

In bilateral trade in 2019, German exports to Pakistan were worth around 1.8 billion euros and imports from Pakistan were worth 1.1 billion euros.

Moreover, Germany is represented in Pakistan by an embassy in the capital, Islamabad. Additionally, Pakistan has a consulate in Berlin, Germany.