EU to send delegation to Pakistan for talks

December 5th, 2008 - 11:22 pm ICT by IANS  

Brussels, Dec 5 (IANS) A Troika of EU ministers for foreign affairs will shortly be going to Islamabad with a view to stepping up political dialogue and strengthen relations with Pakistan, a diplomat from the EU presidency said in Brussels Friday. The diplomat, speaking on the condition of anonymity to EuAsiaNews, could not say when exactly the EU delegation will go and who will be part of the Troika. France currently holds the EU rotating presidency.

He said EU foreign ministers meeting here Monday will discuss ties with Pakistan and express the 27-member bloc’s readiness to strengthen its relations with Pakistan.

The European Commission, the EU’s executive body, will look into all ways to strengthening trade and commercial ties with Pakistan, he said.

The EU will continue to offer its support to Pakistan in the fight against terrorism and extremism, said the diplomat.

“The EU wishes to see constructive comments by the Pakistani president converted into concrete measures. We call on Pakistan to fully cooperate with India in the investigations into the recent terrorist attacks in Mumbai,” said the diplomat.

He, however, clarified that the EU is not going to mediate between India and Pakistan.

The EU foreign ministers are expected to issue a statement condemning the attacks which occurred in Mumbai Nov 26, and express the EU’s readiness to contribute to the fight against terrorism throughout South Asia.

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