Public Talk on “Pakistan – German Relations”

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The Institute of Strategic Islamabad (ISSI) organized a public talk on “Pakistan – German Relations” on June 30, 2015. The Guest Speaker for the talk was, H.E. Dr. Cyrill Nunn, Ambassador, Federal Republic of Germany to Pakistan. The talk was a part of the series of “Ambassador’s Platform” being initiated and held by ISSI. Ambassador Masood Khan, Director General ISSI in his welcome remarks highlighted the cordial relations between the Pakistan and Germany, and others avenues of cooperation including bilateral trade, especially in the automobile sector. He further added that there is a need for projecting positive image of Pakistan abroad.

H.E. Dr. Cyrill Nunn traced the chronological history of bilateral relations shared between Pakistan and Germany, starting from pre-independence period until present day. Furthermore, talking about cultural and intellectual exchange, highlighting inspirational work of Allama Iqbal.

Pakistan is one of the three countries in the world that have a trade surplus with Germany, Dr. Nunn said. Textile, leather goods and other items hold a competitive ground in German markets, and recent visit of business delegations will pave the way for future development. With regard to development cooperation, Germany is extending its operation in education sector, especially to youth.

“We have a big portfolio in KPK and FATA to promote sustainable development, with support of SMEs and textile industry for meeting the quality standards in European markets, especially after GSP+ status”, he said.

“In the war of terror, Germans admire Pakistani Army’s efforts and the resilience of the nation,” said H.E. Dr. Cyrill Nunn. He further said, “I have been fortunate enough to live in shining star of Asia, Pakistan”, quoting an expression used by Dr. Annemarie Schimmel. Fight against terrorism is utmost important today and German public appreciate Pakistan’s efforts as Angela Markel said, “your security is our security”. In the wake of Peshawer attack, Germany paid condolences and condemned those who carry such heinous attacks.

“Without stable Pakistan, with it taking its full place in the region, this region will not take its strategic place” said H.E. Dr. Cyrill Nunn. Germany is committed and not running away from Afghanistan. Adding to this, Ambassador Masood Khan said, “Pakistan welcomes Germany’s continued involvement in peace and re-construction efforts in Afghanistan. Pakistan would also want Germany’s help to readdress it’s energy deficit. He also invited German firms to invest in China – Pakistan Economic Corridor.”

The German government very much appreciates Pakistan’s balanced approach in the region. Pakistan’s Parliamentary decision not to get involve in Yemen was a sound decision.“Pakistan is in a good position to shape a good future, and that’s why Germany is willing to cooperate and invest in this country,” said H.E. Dr.Cyrill Nunn.

Ambassador Nunn said, “Pakistan Diaspora was now working as a bridge between Pakistan and Germany.” He further added that Germany has 5-6% of Muslims population as German citizens and this is a big change that happened in last 20 years. And similarly, the number of Pakistani students coming to Germany have increased exponentially.”

Ambassador Khalid Mahmood, Chairman Board of Governors of ISSI, in his concluding remarks highlighted the growing parliamentary exchanges and the strategic dialogue between Foreign Ministry Office of the two countries. He expressed confidence that in the years to come the relation between the two countries will be strengthened.

Ahmad S/30062015