German Envoy Lauds Pakistan's Role In 'Afghan Peace Process'
Faizan Hashmi 1 month ago Sun 19th September 2021 | 12:53 AM
Germany has appreciated the positive role played by Pakistan in bringing about the 'Doha Process' for stability, peace and prosperity in Afghanistan
ISLAMABAD, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 18th Sep, 2021 ) :Germany has appreciated the positive role played by Pakistan in bringing about the 'Doha Process' for stability, peace and prosperity in Afghanistan.
In an exclusive interview with Radio Pakistan, German Ambassador to Pakistan Bernhard Schlagheck said it had been acknowledged by the United States and the world community and Germany also recognized this very positive role of Pakistan.
The government of Pakistan and armed forces, he said were quite engaged in trying to convince Taliban to bring about an inclusive government in Afghanistan. Pakistan was aware of its potential importance and role in the entire region, he added.
There were different interests and perspectives that were understandable, there was a genuine understanding that peace and stability in Afghanistan was of vital interest to the region, Bernhard Schlagheck remarked.
He said Afghanistan was one of the major issues of discussion in meetings of the German foreign minister with Prime Minister Imran Khan, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa.
The ambassador said it was very much important that Taliban were willing to discard their old lenses.
To a question concerning reservations of some Western countries regarding Taliban, he said treatment of women and minorities in Afghanistan and the question of inclusive government in the country were some of the issues the world was looking at.
He said we were pondering to add another 500 million Euros into that, but that had not yet been formally announced.
Regarding the policy of Germany for Afghans who wanted to settle in that country, he said we had to take care of those Afghans first who were at risk after rendering their services for German interests.
In addition, he said, many vulnerable Afghans including journalists, human rights activists were airlifted to Germany.
Speaking about relations between Pakistan and Germany, he said Germany and Pakistan had been enjoying friendly and amicable relations since the establishment of their diplomatic relations seventy years ago and there was a scope to further widen these in diverse sectors.
He said both countries had strong bilateral contacts manifested by the visit of German ship to Karachi port last week, a German business delegation currently on visit to Karachi and Islamabad and German foreign minister's visit to Pakistan lately. Similarly, Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited Germany this year.
He said German business persons were looking for trade as well as investment opportunities in the promising market of Pakistan. Despite some impediments, the business outlook of Pakistan was outstanding, he remarked.
He told the interviewer that Pakistan and Germany had robust trade relations marked by volume of three billion Euros. There were also intensive people-to-people exchanges and development cooperation between Islamabad and Berlin.
He said aid priority had now been shifted according to requirements of the Pakistani government. Currently, the main focus was on climate change, alternative energy including solar and power production and other areas, he added.
Appreciating the steps taken by the incumbent government to make the country greener, Bernhard Schlagheck said Islamabad could be a role model in a clean and green approach to nature and environment. In solar energy production, both countries could enhance cooperation further, he added.
Regarding cooperation in auto sector, the German ambassador said both sides were exploring and discussing further avenues in that regard. In not too distant future, he said, German car manufacturers might enter into the Pakistani market, he added.
The German ambassador said people-to-people contacts were very important in development of bilateral relations.
He said a thriving Pakistani community of 70,000 comprising traders and skilled people was playing a decent role in the development of the German society. This also played a bridge between the two countries, he maintained.