Germany welcomes Pakistan’s positive role in Doha process for peace in Afghanistan


Germany welcomes Pakistan’s positive role in Doha process for peace in Afghanistan

Germany appreciated the positive role played by Pakistan in achieving the Doha process for stability, peace and prosperity in Afghanistan.

In an exclusive interview with Radio Pakistan news and current affairs channel, German Ambassador to Pakistan Bernhard Schlagheck expressed confidence that Islamabad will continue to play a very constructive role in Afghanistan in the future. . The government of Pakistan and the armed forces are trying to convince the Taliban to establish an inclusive government in Afghanistan.

He said Pakistan is aware of its potential importance and role in the whole region.

When asked about the role of Afghanistan’s neighbors, the German ambassador said that none of them want instability in Afghanistan because it is a recipe for political disaster. There is a real understanding that peace and stability in Afghanistan is of vital interest to the region.

The German ambassador said the Taliban is as much a reality in Afghanistan as the precarious humanitarian situation in the country. He said that Germany, as a responsible partner of the international community, is ready to play its role in Afghanistan.

The ambassador said it was very important that the Taliban be ready to get rid of their old lenses. He said that we are ready to engage with Afghanistan, however, the issue of recognition is not on the agenda at the moment.

Bernhard Schlagheck said at the recent Geneva Conference on Afghanistan, Germany pledged 100 million euros in aid to help Afghanistan. He said we are considering adding an additional € 500million to that, but that has yet to be officially announced.

Speaking on the relations between Pakistan and Germany, Bernhard Schlagheck said that the two countries have enjoyed friendly and friendly relations since the establishment of their diplomatic relations seventy years ago and that it is possible to expand them further in various sectors.

He said the two countries have strong bilateral contacts

He said that German businessmen are looking for business opportunities as well as investment opportunities in the promising Pakistan market. He said Pakistan’s business prospects are exceptional.

He told the interviewer that Pakistan and Germany have strong trade relations marked by a volume of three billion euros. There are also intensive people-to-people exchanges and development cooperation between Islamabad and Berlin.

Bernhard Schlagheck said that Germany has invested around four billion euros over the years in Pakistan in development aid. He said the priority of aid has now been changed according to the demands of the Pakistani government. Currently, the focus is on climate change, alternative energies, including solar and electric power generation and other areas.

Appreciating the measures taken by the government of the day to make the country greener, Bernhard Schlagheck said Islamabad can be a model in a clean and green approach to nature and the environment. In solar power generation, the two countries can further strengthen their cooperation. Regarding cooperation in the automotive sector, the German Ambassador said that the two sides are exploring and discussing new avenues in this regard. In the not too distant future, he said, German automakers could enter the Pakistani market.

Bernhard Schlagheck said that we are also cooperating with Pakistan to train Pakistani youth in technical skills acquisition. In addition, Germany has supplied vaccines to many developing countries, including Pakistan through Covax.

He said German broadcaster Deutsche Welle is cooperating with Pakistani media. He said DW has programs where Pakistani journalists can be invited to Germany for additional media training.

He told the public broadcaster that German airlines were in consultation with Pakistani authorities to launch flights to and from Pakistan.

The German Ambassador said that people-to-people contacts are very important in the development of bilateral relations. He said tourism and academic exchanges are important as more than 5,000 Pakistani students study at German educational institutions. He said Pakistani students can learn German language for free in Germany. In addition, German universities also offer scholarships to international students at different levels.

He said that a thriving Pakistani community of 70,000 people including traders and skilled people is playing a decent role in the development of German society. It also acts as a bridge between the two countries.

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