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Joint Afghanistan-Pakistan Parliamentary Group visits Germany

19.09.2008

Germany continues to work towards improving relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

A joint Afghanistan-Pakistan parliamentary group is currently visiting Germany for a week (15-22 September) at the invitation of the Federal Foreign Office. Today (19 September) the sixteen senior parliamentarians and senators from the two countries were welcomed to the Federal Foreign Office by State Secretary Reinhard Silberberg.

Trustful Afghanistan-Pakistan relations are one of the key factors in stabilizing Afghanistan and indeed the entire South Asian region. One of the visit's central aims is to enhance the parliamentarians' mutual relations. Another focus is on intensifying contacts with German parliamentary institutions.

The G8 initiative aimed at improving Afghanistan-Pakistan relations was proposed by Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier during the G8 Foreign Ministers Meeting in Potsdam in 2007. Since then the G8 countries have, also with the support of the current Japanese Presidency, launched more than 150 projects.

The projects range from enhancing Afghanistan-Pakistan border surveillance cooperation to exchanging journalists and building up youth networks. Another major objective is the improvement of cooperation between the two parliaments and the creation of working links between their administrations.

The joint visit is funded by the Federal Foreign Office and organized in cooperation with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.

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