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Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Mr. Sartaj Aziz, received a delegation of the European Parliament led by Ms. Jean Lambert Head of the South Asia Delegation today at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Other members of parliament were Richard Howitt, Michael Galher, Sajjad Karim and Philippe Kamaris.

At the Delegation level talks, the Adviser expressed satisfaction at the upwards trajectory in Pak-EU relations. He stated that Pakistan looked forward to enhancing contacts with the European Union. The delegation reiterated the desire of the EU to continue its engagement with Pakistan for mutual benefits.

The Adviser briefed the delegation on the situation in the region and Pakistan’s counter terrorism efforts. The delegation applauded Pakistan’s efforts in countering extremism and terrorism. The positive role played by Pakistan in enhancing its relations with Afghanistan was appreciated.

The Adviser also briefed the delegation which is in Pakistan on a four day visit from 16-20 February on the situation of human rights in Pakistan and emphasized that the Constitution of Pakistan fully guarantees the rights of all its citizens irrespective of religion, cast or creed. He also underlined the reasons for lifting the moratorium on death penalty.

Both sides agreed that promotion of interfaith harmony was essential for world peace.

18th February 2015

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