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Ninth Round of Pakistan-EU Political Dialogue held in Islamabad

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Islamabad, 6 March 2024 (TDI): The ninth round of the Pakistan-EU Political Dialogue convened today in Islamabad to foster robust bilateral relations.

Foreign Secretary Muhammad Syrus Sajjad Qazi led the Pakistani delegation while the EU side was led by Deputy Secretary General of the European External Action Service, Enrique Mora.

The Political Dialogue covered the entire gamut of Pakistan-EU bilateral relationship encompassing all areas of mutual interest with a focus on Strategic Engagement Plan (SEP), trade and development cooperation, security, climate action, migration and mobility.

Moreover, the two sides discussed important regional and global developments underlining the commitment of both parties to address emerging challenges collectively.

Expressing satisfaction over the positive trajectory of the relations, the two sides agreed to continue working towards further deepening and broadening of Pakistan-EU bilateral ties in all areas of mutual interest by regularly holding meetings of institutional mechanisms and undertaking follow-up actions.

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Highlighting the importance of Pakistan-EU bilateral ties, the two sides agreed that regular high-level interactions have provided a new impetus to the relationship and underlined the necessity for close cooperation and dialogue amid rapidly changing geopolitical landscape.

Acknowledging GSP Plus as a successful template of trade for development and mutually beneficial cooperation, the Foreign Secretary underlined the need for fostering deeper collaboration with key stakeholders on both sides to bring diversification and sustainability in trade ties between Pakistan and the European Union.

Furthermore, the two sides agreed to explore new avenues of cooperation under the EU’s flagship programs, including the Global Gateway Strategy and Horizon Europe, signaling a shared commitment to harnessing innovation and fostering strategic partnerships.

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