In October 1951, Pakistan was among the first countries to recognise the Federal Republic of Germany. The Ambassadors of the two countries commenced work in their respective partner countries just a few weeks later. Germany is now Pakistan’s prime trading partner in the EU. Pakistan is a key partner for Germany – especially with a view to regional stability.
On this anniversary, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas emphasised the following:
These diverse ties between Pakistan and Germany bear witness to the solid foundation underpinning our relations. Needless to say, challenges lie ahead, whether dealing with the current situation in Afghanistan or the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Pakistan shares borders with several major players in the region. There is one important lesson to be drawn from history, one that is valuable for both Pakistan and Germany: our two countries can benefit immensely from cordial relations with our neighbours in all fields. It is my ardent hope that the next 70 years will continue the success story penned over the last 70!
Security policy cooperation in the 70th anniversary year
Pakistan plays an important role for stability in the region as one of Afghanistan’s neighbours. In light of developments on the ground, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas travelled to Islamabad for talks on 30 and 31 August. The focus of his talks was on stabilising the region as well as enabling German nationals, local employees and Afghans in special need of protection to leave the country.
The visit to Karachi by the frigate Bayern at the beginning of September underscored the importance of security policy cooperation. Its mission is a major contribution to implementing the policy guidelines on the Indo-Pacific region. Among other things, they aim to strengthen security policy cooperation with the region.
Development cooperation, scientific and cultural relations
In 1961, Pakistan was one of the first countries with which the Federal Republic of Germany established development cooperation. Focuses of this cooperation include issues relating to sustainable economic policies, energy policy and good governance. Challenges posed by climate change are also a priority. The Goethe-Institut in Karachi and the Annemarie-Schimmel-Haus in Lahore play a key role in the cultural sphere. The German Academic Exchange Service and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in particular help to promote academic exchange. Germany is one of the most popular destinations for doctoral programmes for young Pakistani researchers.