PM leaves for Germany

Islamabad: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has left for Berlin on a two-day official visit to Germany. He has been invited by the German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

According to Foreign Office spokesperson, the Prime Minister during the visit, will hold talks with Chancellor Merkel that will be followed by a lunch in his honour. Thereafter, he will meet with President of the German Parliament.

Nawaz Sharif will also address a Business Forum organized by Pakistan Board of Investment, which is expected to be attended by a large number of German business executives and investors.

The visit of the Prime Minister will help in strengthening the existing ties between the two countries.

Pakistan and Germany enjoy close and cordial relations.

Germany is Pakistan’s fourth largest trading partner globally and the largest in the EU. Pakistan’s bilateral trade with Germany stands at 2.5 billion dollars annually.

The two countries have a strong collaboration in various other fields.

There is also a strong Pakistan Diaspora of over 70,000 living is Germany. In addition, there are more than 2,300 students from Pakistan in German universities.

Meanwhile, in an interview with a German television channel, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has reaffirmed the resolve to get rid of energy crisis at all costs to ensure an early economic revival.

The Prime Minister invited the German investors to invest in Pakistan particularly in energy and agriculture sectors.

He said there is a great scope of investment in agriculture, livestock and forestry in Pakistan and Germany could prove to be an important partner in these sectors.

To a question, Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan wants peace in the region and for this purpose is extending maximum possible cooperation to ensure stability in Afghanistan.

He said elimination of terrorism would serve the interests of both Pakistan and Afghanistan and help strengthen their economies.

Nawaz Sharif said Afghan President Ashraf Ghani would soon visit Pakistan.

To another question, the Prime Minister said operation Zarb-e-Azb is going on in North Waziristan and we are determined to eliminate any outfit or group involved in terrorism.

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