Pakistan, EU relations moving in positive direction in all spheres: Arif Alvi

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Pakistan-EU relations moving in positive direction in all spheres: Arif Alvi
President Dr. Arif Alvi has invited the European Union to take advantage of improved business environment in Pakistan to invest in the country.

He was talking to European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, who called on him in Islamabad today.

He welcomed the recent ruling of the European Court of Human Rights, which can help create a balance between the exercise of right to freedom of expression and incitement/hatred towards religious views and faith.

The President said that Pakistan believes in responsible use of right of freedom of expression, as freedom comes with responsibility.

He emphasized that Pakistan strongly condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations whether perpetrated by individuals, groups or States.

The President said that Pakistan values its relations with the European Union and expressed his satisfaction that Pakistan-EU relations are moving in a positive direction in all spheres of cooperation.

He said that Pakistan has declared adherence to the Nuclear Supply Group Guidelines and also submitted its formal application for participation in the NSG.

He stated that inclusion of Pakistan will bring tangible benefits for the non-proliferation regime.

He urged NSG to consider membership for non-NPT states on the basis of non-discriminatory and objective criteria that are simultaneously applicable to all of them.

European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini said that there is a huge potential of economic and trade relations between Pakistan and EU which needs to be fully explored and utilized.