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Troika EU/Pakistan Summit: extracts from the common press conference by Václav Klaus, José Manuel Barroso, Asif Ali Zardari and Javier Solana

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The first Summit between the European Union and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan was held with the European Commission delegation, led by José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, accompanied by Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Member of the EC in charge of External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, and Catherine Ashton, Member of the EC in charge of Trade. The European Council was represented by Javier Solana, Secretary-General of the Council of the EU and High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy. The summit was chaired by Vaclav Klaus, President of the Czech Republic and President in office of the Council, and Asif Ali Zardari, President of Pakistan. EU-Pakistan summit provided the opportunity to discuss, at the highest level, the strengthening of the EU-Pakistan partnership, the regional political situation, global issues and the world economy. The Summit was an occasion to review the implementation of the EU-Pakistan Cooperation Agreement, in particular trade and economic issues, development perspectives and counter-terrorism cooperation. Regional dynamics in South and Central Asia and regional economic cooperation were also discussed. The Summit took place at a time when Pakistan is facing complex challenges in the economic and security fields. Against the backdrop of ongoing counter-insurgency operations in North West Frontier Province, the Summit discussed how to mitigate the enormous suffering of the civilian population, including the need for humanitarian support and rehabilitation and reconstruction plans in the affected areas. The EU is Pakistan's largest trading partner. A Cooperation Agreement between the European Community and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan was concluded in 2004. In the Council Conclusions issued on 8 December 2008 the EU committed itself to strengthening bilateral relations with Pakistan. Furthermore, the Conclusions underlined the importance of economic and commercial development for progress in Pakistan and of significantly enhancing the EU trade relationship with Pakistan. The European Commission has stepped up its assistance to Pakistan considerably and pledged 485 million euros in development support for the next 5 years.
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Type: EbS   Reference: 64333   Date: 17/06/2009   Duration: 00:04:04
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