Pakistan and European Union (EU) have a shared agenda to promote peace and security for regional growth and economic development based on respect for human rights and values aimed at democratization of the society. Deputy Chairman Senate Saleem Mandviwalla expressed these views during a meeting with EU Ambassador to Pakistan Ms. Androulla Kaminara here at the Parliament House on Thursday. During the meeting, a detailed presentation was given by Ambassador of EU on the overall strategic engagement plan. She said that the plan is acting as a driving force behind the EU’s bilateral relations with Pakistan. Parliamentary leaders and Senators from different political parties in the Senate were also present in the meeting. They included Senators Syed Muzafar Hussain Shah, Muhammad Tahir Bizinjo, Sassui Palijo, Muhammad Talha Mahmood, Mushahidullah Khan, Dr. Jehanzeb Jamaldini and Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Muhammad Azam Khan Swati.
It was informed that both Pakistan and EU aim at strengthening cooperation in peace and security, democracy, rule of law, good governance, human rights, trade, migration, investment, sustainable development, climate change and other different areas. The Ambassador said that EU is Pakistan’s 2nd largest trading partner. She said that EU imports from Pakistan have increased as a result of GSP Plus award. The Ambassador also briefed the Senators on the key components of development cooperation.
During the meeting, Parliamentary leaders called upon EU to play more proactive role on raising voice for rights of the people of Indian occupied Kashmir. They also called for enhanced collaboration in Agriculture, health and education.
They thanked EU for GSP Plus support and hoped that coming days would witness more support and enhanced bilateral and multilateral cooperation at different levels. Both sides agreed to continue such engagements for building synergies and achieving shared objectives of peace and development.
Deputy Chairman Senate Saleem Mandviwalla said that Pakistan is keen to enhance mutual cooperation with European Union and strengthen institutional collaboration through enhanced linkages at parliamentary level.
He proposed that Members of both Pakistan and European Parliament should further engage in boosting mutually beneficial cooperation. “We place our bilateral relationship with EU Parliament at a high esteem”, Deputy Chairman Senate remarked.
EU Ambassador agreed with the views of Deputy Chairman Senate and emphasized for more cooperation and institutional linkages.