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Strategic dialogue with Pakistan

On 17 December, a delegation from Pakistan came to Germany’s Federal Foreign Office as part of the countries’ strategic dialogue and held talks with Federal Foreign Office State Secretary Emily Haber, among others. Human Rights Commissioner Markus Löning met with representatives of the “Nobel Peace Prize for Malala” campaign on the sidelines of this meeting. He was presented with a list of signatures supporting the nomination of children’s rights activist Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Just a few weeks ago, fifteen–year-old children’s rights activist Malala Yousafzai was severely wounded when shot by followers of Pakistan’s Taliban. She is currently receiving medical treatment in Britain. On the petition website Change.org, there is a push for Malala Yousafzai to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. In the presence of Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani, Paula Hannemann of Change.org presented a total of more than 270,000 signatures that had been collected for this cause.

Human Rights Commissioner Markus Löning and Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani met within the framework of the Strategic Dialogue with Pakistan.

Early in September 2012, Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle and his counterpart from Pakistan, Hina Rabbani Khar, had agreed to hold the strategic dialogue, which is taking place under the joint auspices of the two foreign ministries. All important areas of cooperation between Germany and Pakistan are to be covered. This includes foreign and security policy topics, cooperation in protecting human rights, strengthening trade ties and issues such as education, the environment and renewable energies.


Last updated 17.12.2012