- He will co-chair 6th Round of Pakistan-EU Strategic Dialogue with EU High Representative and Vice President Josep Borrell
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi departed on Monday for Belgium at the invitation of Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sophie Wilmes.
During his visit, the FM will co-chair the 6th Round of Pakistan-EU Strategic Dialogue with EU High Representative and Vice President Josep Borrell. The European Union is one of the largest trade and investment partners of Pakistan and the current volume of bilateral trade stands at the US $ 10.883 billion. Pakistan’s contacts with the EU are frequent and close engagements remain in place through structured dialogues, the Foreign Office (FO) said in a statement.
The FO further said that FM Qureshi will meet NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg with whom Qureshi has remained closely engaged on Afghanistan as well as undertaken joint training and capacity building programs for military and civilian personnel.
Qureshi will exchange views with Belgian Parliamentarians and Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and will also address members of the Pakistani diaspora residing in Belgium and Luxembourg.
"Pakistan and Belgium enjoy a cordial and friendly relationship, based on shared values of democracy, pluralism, mutual respect and close cooperation," FO said.
"Over the years, the partnership has grown stronger in diverse fields, including political, economic and trade, education and culture, and people-to-people contacts. With a trade volume of the US $982 million, Belgium is the fifth largest trading partner of Pakistan in the EU."