Pakistan-EU 5 years strategic partnership soon: EU Ambassador  

Pakistan-EU 5 years strategic partnership soon: EU Ambassador  

ISLAMABAD: (APP) The European Union (EU) on Friday hinted at entering into a five year strategic partnership with Pakistan after terming the current relationship between the two has reached to a matured level.

The EU's Ambassador to Pakistan, Jean Fran‡ois Cautain during debriefing meeting with the EU's GSP Plus Review Mission currently visiting Pakistan said that EU has entered into a mature relationship with Pakistan and would like to extend the engagement under a five years strategic plan.

The debriefing meeting was hosted under the auspices of the Treaty Implementation Cell (TIC), Cabinet Division and was chaired by Attorney General for Pakistan, Ashtar Ausaf Ali.

A four-member Review Mission, led by Gus Houttuin, Advisor of the European External Actions Services and comprising Dietmar Krissler, Andreas Julin, DG Trade Unit European Commission (EC) and Rudi Delarue, DG  Employment EC debriefed the participants with their feedback on human, labour, women and children rights, climate change and governance related conventions.

The debriefing meeting was also attended by representatives from Ministry of Commerce, Foreign Affairs, Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development, Climate Change, Human Rights, National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and Anti-Narcotics Division.

Speaking on the occasion, the Attorney General of Pakistan was of the view that Pakistan duly take GSP Plus program as incentive and not as conditionality, as it's our commitment towards the people of Pakistan to protect their right to life under the constitution of Pakistan.

The delegation representatives debriefed the participants and shared the feedback during the six-day visit to Pakistan.

The mission representatives were of the view that they had observed the advance level of understanding about GSP Plus program with Pakistan.

"The government officials at both federal and provincial levels are well aware of the human rights and labour issues. There is a consensus across the board that government of Pakistan should strive for improving the better quality of life of the people of Pakistan," the delegation representatives said.

The mission is currently visiting Pakistan to assess the implementation of 27 UN Conventions covered under the GSP Plus agreement and jointly award a way forward.