Embassy of Pakistan



Pakistan’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs meets EU’s High Representative/ Vice President

The Minister of State for the Foreign Affairs of Pakistan, Hina Rabbani Khar met the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission (HR/VP), Josep Borrell in Strasbourg on 13 June 2023.

Recalling her meeting with the High Representative on the sidelines of the second EU Indo-Pacific Ministerial Forum in Stockholm on 13 May 2023, the Minister of State expressed satisfaction on the ongoing cooperation between Pakistan and the EU based on the Strategic Engagement Plan.

The Minister of State highlighted that Pakistan is engaging with the European institutions for building partnerships under various initiatives of the EU including the Global Gateway Strategy with a focus on green energy, and blue economies.

She also expressed the desire to further enhance EU-Pakistan mutual engagement, especially legal pathways to migration while addressing EU’s concerns on readmission.

Underscoring the importance of trade and economic cooperation, Minister of State emphasized that the EU’s GSP Plus framework had been mutually beneficial and instrumental in growth of trade between the two sides.

The Minister of State highlighted the importance of decisive global action on climate adaptation and building climate resilience, and the importance of developed countries taking the lead in mobilising climate finance, noting the significant role of public and private funds, and technology to facilitate the transition.

Minister of State and the High Representative/Vice-President also exchanged views on regional issues and reaffirmed their commitment to promote peace and prosperity through concerted efforts.

Minister of State expressed hope that the HR/VP will visit Pakistan at his earliest convenience.

15 June 2023