Leader of the Opposition in the Senate stated that cooperation between Germany and Pakistan should be focused on trade and not aid. The two countries shall support each other on core issues at different international forums especially in the matters regarding GSP Plus status.
Islamabad: 3rd June, 2021: German Ambassador “Mr. Bernhard Schlagheck” called on Senator Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, former Prime Minister of Pakistan and Leader of the Opposition in Senate, today here at Parliament House, Islamabad, wherein the matters of mutual interest and the current political situation in the country were discussed in detail. The two sides discussed a wide range of issues with a focus on Pakistan-Germany relations and the current political situation in the country.
Senator Gillani sharing details of his visit to Germany during his premiership stressed the need of furthering the cordial ties between the two countries especially enhanced cooperation in Economic and Trade sectors. He stated that during his visit to Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel remarked that stabilizing the economy of Pakistan will help it combat terrorism, this is the reason our cooperation should be focused on trade not aid. The hon’ble Leader of the Opposition recalled during his visit signed a new economic agreement with Germany to strengthen the cooperation between the two countries. The new economic agreement replaced the old bilateral economic agreement signed in 1959, and provided greater legal protections for German investment in Pakistan.
Senator Yousuf Raza Gilani also discussed the relations with European Union and GST Plus Status with the Ambassador and they both agreed that both the countries will support each other on core issues at different international forums.
Both the dignitaries stressed the need for further cooperation in different sectors through enhanced Parliamentary interaction.
Senator Sherry Rehman and Member Provincial Assembly “Syed Ali Haider Gilani” were also present during the Call-on.