Fischer to visit Pakistan for talks

20th July 2004, Comments 0 comments

20 July 2004, ISLAMABAD - German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer will begin a three-day visit to Pakistan from 21 July for talks on counter-terrorism, nuclear non-proliferation and other bilateral and regional issues, a foreign office spokesman announced on Tuesday.

20 July 2004

ISLAMABAD - German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer will begin a three-day visit to Pakistan from 21 July for talks on counter-terrorism, nuclear non-proliferation and other bilateral and regional issues, a foreign office spokesman announced on Tuesday.

Fischer will hold formal talks with his Pakistani counterpart, Khurshid Kasuri, and is also expected to meet President Pervez Musharraf and Prime Minister Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain during his visit, which is part of an Asian tour.

"The visit of the German Foreign Minister is a reflection of the close relationship between the two countries," the spokesman said in a statement.

"As a leading partner in the international coalition on war against terrorism, reconstruction in Afghanistan and establishment of peace and security in South Asia, Germany has been showing keen interest in further strengthening relations with Pakistan," he added.

Pakistan and Germany hold rotating seats in the United Nations Security Council and their terms expire in December this year.

The two countries shared a total trade of USD 1.5 billion in 2003, with the balance of trade in favour of Pakistan.

Germany also provides financial assistance to Pakistan in the areas of poverty alleviation, sustainable growth and infrastructure development.

This will be Fischer's second visit to Pakistan in less than three years.

DPA

Subject: German news

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