The primary Pakistan-European Union Strategic Dialogue was held in Islamabad on 05 June 2012. The Pakistan aspect was led by International Minister Hina Rabbani Khar and the European Union delegation was led by Excessive Consultant for International Affairs and Safety Coverage Catherine Ashton.
The 2 sides expressed their deep satisfaction on the launching of the Strategic Dialogue, reflecting the excellent and ahead trying nature of EU-Pakistan relations. This dialogue is the results of selections taken on the 2009 and 2010 Pakistan-EU Summits. Either side additionally welcomed the brand new 5-12 months Engagement Plan that demonstrates the power and variety of this long run and broad primarily based partnership.
The 2 sides engaged in constructive and detailed discussions on enhancing bilateral cooperation and shared views on regional and worldwide problems with mutual concern.
International Minister Khar expressed appreciation for the bundle of Autonomous Commerce Preferences (ATPs) for Pakistan provided by the EU within the aftermath of the devastating 2010 floods. Excessive Consultant Ashton conveyed that the method was nearing completion in Brussels, and that the bundle can be applied quickly. Additionally they mentioned the GSP+ scheme and International Minister Khar hoped that Pakistan may very well be thought of for this beneficial buying and selling scheme in 2014.
The Dialogue supplied a possibility to evaluate EU growth cooperation together with the broad parameters of the second EU Multi-annual Indicative Programme (MIP) for 2007-2013, which included tasks for rural growth and pure useful resource administration, schooling and human useful resource administration, governance and human rights, and commerce growth. The European Union additionally reiterated its dedication for area-based neighborhood growth, significantly within the Malakand Division.
Excessive Consultant Ashton welcomed the steps Pakistan had taken in implementing its worldwide human rights commitments in nationwide legal guidelines in lots of necessary areas, together with the rights of girls, and the institution of an impartial Human Rights Fee. Either side agreed to work carefully on this regard.
International Minister Khar reiterated that the Authorities of Pakistan was dedicated to holding free and truthful elections in accordance with the Structure. Moreover, consistent with Pakistan’s custom of welcoming election observers, Excessive Consultant Ashton confirmed that the European Union was keen to ship an Election Remark Mission (EOM) to Pakistan for the forthcoming elections.
Pakistan and the EU reaffirmed their shared dedication to work collectively to fight terrorism. Excessive Consultant Ashton expressed appreciation for the big sacrifices made by the individuals of Pakistan in preventing terrorism and extremism. With the intention to improve the prevailing shut cooperation on counter-terrorism, the 2 sides agreed to the institution of a Pakistan-EU Steering Committee on Counterterrorism.
International Minister Khar and Excessive Consultant Ashton held in-depth discussions on regional and worldwide points. They underlined the significance of peace, stability and safety in Afghanistan and reaffirmed their help for an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned reconciliation course of. Additionally they underscored the necessity for the sustained dedication of the worldwide neighborhood through the transformation section in Afghanistan, and agreed to proceed working carefully on this regard.
International Minister Khar additionally briefed Excessive Consultant Ashton on the continued Pakistan-India peace course of and the efforts made by Pakistan to normalize relations with India. Pakistan had reached out to its neighbours to create peace and prosperity within the area. The EU Excessive Consultant additionally expressed help for the continued and result-oriented dialogue between Pakistan and India, together with the numerous progress on liberalizing commerce.
The 2 sides agreed that the second spherical of the Pakistan-EU Strategic Dialogue can be held in Brussels at mutually handy dates subsequent yr.