Published On: Thu, Mar 27th, 2014
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Pakistan, EU agree to boost bilateral ties

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BRUSSELS: Pakistan and European Union have agreed for strengthened dialogue in energy, climate change, research and higher education.

It was agreed at the 2nd session of EU-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue held in Brussels.

EU Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton represented European Union while Prime Minister’s Advisor National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz headed Pakistani side.

Both sides agreed to further broaden and deepen cooperation under five-year Engagement Plan.

The Advisor emphasized the importance of support for poverty alleviation, water for drinking and irrigation in remote and arid areas.

They agreed to enhance dialogue and cooperation for effective implementation of relevant UN conventions in the context of GSP Plus.

Catherine Ashton assured Pakistan of EU’s continued support for democratic institutions and rule of law in the country.

The Advisor and the High Representative also discussed matters related to economy, energy, trade and migration, and shared their perspectives on regional and global issues including Afghanistan, India, Middle East and situation in Ukraine.

3rd Pakistan-EU Strategic Dialogue will be held in Islamabad next year.