Merkel calls Imran Khan; vows to bolster bilateral tiesOctober 2, 2018
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday received a telephone call from German Chancellor Angela Merkel during which they discussed bilateral relations between the two countries.
Merkel emphasized the importance of deepening Pak-German bilateral relations and expressed Germany’s desire to expand cooperation with Pakistan in diverse fields and work together on issues of mutual interest at the regional and global levels.
Also during the telephone conversation, the German chancellor congratulated Imran Khan on his election as prime minister of Pakistan.
For his part, Imran Khan thanked the chancellor for her call and expressed the desire for further enhancing bilateral relations with Germany into a mutually beneficial, broad-based and long-term partnership.
He said Germany was the largest trading partner of Pakistan in Europe and there was a substantial potential for cooperation in the spheres of energy and automobile sectors, as well as investment in hydroelectric power generation.
The prime minister also briefed the German chancellor on the regional situation, especially the importance of a peaceful settlement in Afghanistan and relations with India. He underscored the need for resumption of comprehensive dialogue with India to address all outstanding issues.
According to Associated Press of Pakistan (APP), Merkel extended an invitation to Imran Khan to visit Germany at his earliest convenience, which was accepted by him.
Source: International Islamic News Agency