German Ambassador meets Speaker and German Friendship Group of the National Assembly
Islamabad – Members of the Pakistan-Germany Parliamentary Friendship Group agreed to strengthen ties between parliaments of both countries and also to facilitate bilateral exchange on issues including politics, electoral reforms, federalism and participation of women.
Speaker of the National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and the Members of the National Assembly’s Germany-Pakistan Friendship Group attended the meeting and dinner was hosted by German Ambassador Dr Cyrill Nunn on 28 October 2014 at the German residence in Islamabad.
Among the high-ranking guests of the event were Mr Muhammad Baligh Ur Rehman, State Minister for Education and Training, Mr Stefano Gatto, Deputy Head of the EU Delegation to Pakistan, and the heads of the five German political foundations represented in Pakistan.
“Germany and Pakistan have a tradition of good and amicable relations. The Pakistan-Germany Friendship Group in the National Assembly plays a major role in this context. I am confident that the group will continue to work to intensify relations between the two countries in cultural, economic and political terms. The German political foundations will be making a major contribution to this end” said Ambassador Dr. Nunn emphasizing the signficance of the Friendship Group.
The Pakistan-Germany Parliamentary Friendship Group had been the first bilateral friendship group that was established in the Parliament of Pakistan upon the initiative of the now Speaker of the National Assembly during the past legislative period. During his visit to Pakistan in April this year the President of the German Parliament (Bundestag), Professor Dr. Norbert Lammert, and Sardar Ayaz Sadiq agreed to further strengthen the ties between the Parliaments of both countries. The German political foundations play an important role in facilitating bilateral exchange and providing platforms for substantive discussions on many key political issues, like electoral reform, federalism and participation of women. The dinner provided an opportunity to further elaborate on concrete steps in this regard.