European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Prime
Minister Shehbaz Sharif agreed to boost ties, a statement from the PM Office
said Thursday.

The development came during the European Commission president’s
call to the prime minister, where they agreed to bolster ties, intensify
investment and trade cooperation, and enhance mutual cooperation in diverse

The European Commission’s president congratulated Shehbaz on
assuming the office of the prime minister and underlined the body’s desire to
further strengthen its bilateral relationship with Pakistan.

Shehbaz was elected as the 23rd premier of Pakistan on April 11
after the ouster of PTI chairman Imran Khan from the office of the prime
minister through a no-confidence vote.

The prime minister expressed his thanks for the felicitations and
stated that Pakistan greatly valued its relations with the European Union,
which were based on shared values and common objectives of peace, prosperity
and development.

PM Shehbaz highlighted the importance of closer trade and
investment ties between Pakistan and the EU.

He appreciated the GSP Plus arrangement and underlined that being
a mutually beneficial scheme, it had played an important role in the expansion
of Pakistan-EU trade.

The premier lauded Leyen’s stewardship of the EU Commission and
underscored his resolve to further deepen mutual engagement, while also
extending a cordial invitation to the body’s president.

The two leaders agreed to stay in contact and work together to
expand Pakistan-EU relations, intensify investment and trade cooperation, and
enhance mutual cooperation between the two sides in diverse fields.


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