Islamabad, 7 June 2022 (TDI): German Foreign Minister, Annalena Baerbock is visiting Pakistan from 7 June to 8 June to hold a discussion on bilateral and global issues.

As per Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry, the Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany will be making a visit at the invitation of Pakistan’s Foreign Minister, Bilawal Bhutto, and this will be Foreign Minister Baerbock’s first visit to Pakistan.

The visit of the German Foreign Minister is part of regular high-level exchanges between the two countries and is expected to further boost the multi-faceted Pakistan-Germany relationship, according to Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry.

The Green Party lawmaker will hold talks with Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Shahbaz Sharif, and her counterpart on bilateral matters and discuss regional and global issues.

‘Germany is a valued partner of Pakistan, both bilaterally and in the context of Pakistan’ the statement said, adding that the two countries have long-standing and cordial relations marked by mutual respect and close cooperation.

“The two sides attach special importance to strengthening bilateral cooperation in diverse fields, including trade and investment, energy, defense, and people-to-people contact.”

According to the German Foreign Ministry, Germany is keen to see democratic and sustainable development in Pakistan and has a great interest in the country playing a constructive role in the region, for example as one of Afghanistan’s neighbors.

During the visit, Foreign Minister Baerbock will be looking to increase pressure on the Afghan Taliban over human rights and it will be one of the key issues during her visit.

German Foreign Minister sees Pakistan as a crucial partner in the evacuation of people from neighboring Afghanistan in need of protection.

Pakistan has been affected more than any other country by the impact of the crisis in Afghanistan and ‘at the same time is a key part for us in bringing people out of Afghanistan to safety, for whom we bear responsibility’, she said of her visit to Pakistan on Monday.

Furthermore, the Foreign Minister will also meet the staff of the German Embassy and the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), which has been working with people who have fled Afghanistan.

She will also meet Afghan refugees who are in Islamabad and want to leave for Germany. Also, this year both countries are celebrating the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations.

Since then, the German government has pledged 3.8 billion euros in project support, and development cooperation focuses on support for renewables and climate protection, business, as well as governance.