Markus discusses military cooperation, regional situation with General Raheel

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Germany and Pakistan held talks to promote further strategic dialogue and expand economic assistance to meet the challenges of human sufferings.

On the occasion of a visit to Pakistan the visiting Germany Deputy Foreign Minister Dr. Ederer reiterated “Our strategic dialogue will help to intensify these relations.

Immediately after arrival in Islamabad, Dr Ederer called upon the Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz, the Federal Finance Minister Muhammad Ishaq Dar as well as his counterpart, Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry.

Dr. Ederer’s visit is considered as the next step of the strategic dialogue between Germany and Pakistan. The German minister also underscored “Germany is ready to help Pakistan to address the root causes and symptoms of the human suffering through annual floods.

Dr. Ederer also announced Germany will foster Flood & Disaster Management Authority’s work in cooperation with UNDP with the sum of Rs. 130 million to support return of IDPs and rehabilitation measures in North-Waziristan.

“Roadmap for the Pakistan-Germany Strategic Dialogue” was set during an important meeting in Berlin between the two foreign ministers September 4, 2012.

The “Dialogue Roadmap” includes “all important areas of cooperation,” announced the foreign ministry, including cooperation in the field of foreign and military policy, as well as the “enhancement of trade relations.”

“Annual meetings are held at the level of State Secretary of the foreign ministries. In addition, Foreign Ministers will meet on an ad-hoc basis.”

In June 2013 the German Foreign Minister also visited Pakistan and held talks in the Pakistani capital, to prepare for the withdrawal of Western troops from Afghanistan. Berlin is seeking to intensify the “strategic dialogue;” the then Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle had reiterated.

Meanwhile, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Germany Mr. Markus Ederer also called on Chief of Army Staff, General Raheel Sharif.

During the meeting held at General Headquarters, Markus Ederer discussed matters of mutual interest including ongoing Operation Zarb-e-Azb, military coordination, overall security situation in the region and latest situation in Afghanistan with COAS. Agencies

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