Pakistan-India meeting on Kartarpur Corridor positive — FO spokesman

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Meeting between the delegations of Pakistan and India at Attari, Amritsar in India on Friday 14 March 2019. Both countries will discuss the modalities for the Kartarpur Corridor at Attari. (Courtesy: Dr. Mohammad Faisal's twitter)
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Pakistani delegation led by, Dr. Mohammad Faisal, Spokesperson Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the Wagha before the meeting with Indian officials at Attari, near Amritsar, on Thursday to finalise modalities of the corridor to the Kartapur. (Courtesy: Dr. Mohammad Faisal's twitter account)
Updated 14 March 2019

Pakistan-India meeting on Kartarpur Corridor positive — FO spokesman

  • Two countries issue joint statement after three years
  • Next round of talks to take place at Wagah on April 2

WAGAH/LAHORE: A meeting between Pakistan and India to discuss details of the Kartarpur Corridor project took place in a “conducive environment and remained positive” the Foreign Office spokesman said on Thursday.
Dr. Muhammad Faisal, who is also the Director General for South Asia and SAARC, led an 18-member delegation from Pakistan on Thursday morning to discuss the draft agreement with officials from across the border. S.C.L. Das, Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs led the Indian delegation.
During the course of the meeting, officials from both sides discussed matters related to the project such as construction work and other technicalities.
A joint statement issued after the meeting said that the talks to discuss “the modalities and the draft agreement for the facilitation of pilgrims to visit Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib” were held “in a cordial environment.”
Before reading the joint communiqué signed by the two delegations at Attari — the Indian side of the border — Dr. Faisal described the meeting as “powerful.”
“It was a powerful meeting, and participants from the two sides (India and Pakistan) held positive talks and issued a joint statement. It is after a long time that the two nations have issued a joint statement as the last one was issued in 2016,” Dr. Faisal said.
He added that the next round of talks would take place in Wagah — the Pakistani side of the border — on April 2, prior to which the two sides would meet on March 19 to discuss the modalities of the projects.
When questioned whether there were any differences of opinion pertaining to the project, Dr. Faisal said: “There are differences on certain aspects but the details of those cannot be revealed at the moment.”
The project seeks to provide easy access to Sikhs from across the world, including India, by connecting the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in the Kartarpur area of Pakistan’s Narowal district with Dera Baba Nanak in India’s Gurdaspur District.

Pakistan, EU set the tone for progress through strategic cooperation

Updated 25 March 2019

Pakistan, EU set the tone for progress through strategic cooperation

  • FM Qureshi meets with global body's top official to finalize details in Islamabad
  • Agree to work together in several major sectors

ISLAMABAD: In order to set the wheels of sustained development in motion, Pakistan and the European Union have agreed to work toward a strategic partnership in the fields of investment, energy and trade, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement released on Monday.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi met with the EU's High Representative and Vice-President, Federica Mogherini, after his arrival in Islamabad on Monday.

After the meeting, Mogherini held talks with Prime Minister Imran Khan and President Arif Alvi.

President Alvi said that Pakistan’s business environment has improved due to the government’s attempts to facilitate foreign investments, inviting the EU community to invest in the country.

In a statement released by his office, Alvi welcomed the recent ruling by the European Court of Human Rights, adding that it could “help create a balance between exercising the right to freedom of expression and incitement/hatred towards religious views and faith".

“The president emphasized that Pakistan strongly condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations whether perpetrated by individuals, groups or states,” the statement read.

President Alvi noted that Pakistan’s exports to the EU have increased by 38 percent, while EU’s exports to Pakistan have grown by 33 percent since the inception of the GSP Plus Scheme in 2014.

“Pakistan sees GSP Plus Scheme as constructive engagement for the betterment of its economy and values EU’s development assistance to Pakistan,” the statement said.

According to the statement, Mogherini said that there is huge potential for economic and trade relations between Pakistan and EU which needs to be fully explored and utilized.