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Pak-EU strategic plan: FM Qureshi arrives in Brussels for two-day visit

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi arrived in Brussels for a two-day official visit to sign the agreement of a strategic plan devised between Pakistan and European Union to ensure long-term cooperation and solidified bilateral relations.

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On Monday, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi arrived in Brussels for a two-day official visit to Belgium. FM Qureshi was received by Pakistani Ambassador to Belgium, Mrs. Naghmana Hashmi and other diplomatic officials from the Pakistani Embassy.

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Earlier on Sunday, Foreign Minister Qureshi announced that Pakistan and the European Union (EU) have reached a strategic arrangement, and after conducting a series of dialogue, the plan will be signed by the two entities on 25th June.

Before leaving for Brussels, FM Qureshi addressed the media at the Foreign Office, and announced that Pakistan and European Union (EU) have devised a strategic plan after undertaking a series of negotiations.

Outlining Pakistan’s relations with the European Union (EU), FM Qureshi stated, “Pakistan and the European Union have a longstanding and deep relationship, and we have cooperated with one another, and will continue to do so. In the future, we intend to give our relations a new dimension marked with long-term cooperation and improved relations.”

 Pakistan has been a key supporter of NATO in its war against terrorism, and NATO recognized our contributions.

FM Qureshi added, “After a prolonged series of talks, Pakistan and the European Union have agreed upon a strategic plan, and I will be signing this agreement on 25th January, alongside the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, in Brussels.”

Explaining the significance of the strategic plan, the Foreign Minister underscored, “This agreement will mark the beginning on a new long-term cooperation between Pakistan and the European Union. This is a tremendous development and we have been committed to its completion since a very long time.”

As per this strategic plan, Pakistan and the European Union will work towards enhancing bilateral cooperation in the fields of trade, energy, investment and tourism.

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During this official visit, Foreign Minister Qureshi will inaugurate a photo exhibition regarding tourism developments across Pakistan. FM Qureshi will also be visiting the NATO headquarters and call on Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

FM Qureshi underscored Pakistan’s desire to continue and solidify its defence and security cooperation with NATO, and he noted, “Pakistan has been a key supporter of NATO in its war against terrorism, and NATO recognized our contributions.”

The Foreign Minister will also be engaging with overseas Pakistanis residing in Brussels.

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