Visit of Catherine Ashton to Pakistan: joint press conference with Hina Rabbani Khar, Pakistani Minister of State for Foreign Affairs
On 5 June 2012, the first EU/Pakistan Strategic Dialogue was held in Islamabad. The Pakistan side was led by Rabbani Khar, Pakistani Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and the European Union delegation was led by Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC.
The two sides expressed their deep satisfaction at the launching of the Strategic Dialogue, reflecting the comprehensive and forward looking nature of EU/Pakistan relations. This dialogue is the result of decisions taken at the 2009 and 2010 Pakistan/EU Summits. Both sides also welcomed the new Five-Year Engagement Plan that demonstrates the strength and diversity of this long term and broad based partnership. The two sides engaged in constructive and detailed discussions on enhancing bilateral cooperation and shared views on regional and international issues of mutual concern. SHOTLISTLINKLINK