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EU Commissioner’s 2-day visit to Pakistan

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Islamabad, 15 November 2022 (GNP/ TDI):  Ylva Johansson paid a two-day visit to Pakistan on 13 November 2022. She is European Union (EU) Commissioner for Home Affairs.

The agenda of the visit discussed Migration and Mobility dialogue and Security Cooperation between the EU and Pakistan.

A wide range of bilateral relationships with the government, law enforcement agencies, and UN organizations. EU Commissioner was welcomed by the EU Ambassador to Pakistan, Riina Kionka, and other delegates.

EU Ambassador to Pakistan, Riina Kionka, and other delegates welcoming EU Commissioner on her 2-day visit.
EU Ambassador to Pakistan, Riina Kionka, and other delegates welcoming EU Commissioner on her 2-day visit to Pakistan.
Day 1 of the visit

On Day 1, Commissioner Ylva Johansson visited Peshawar, close to the Afghan border, where she had discussions with the Frontier Corps and the Federal Investigation Agency on several topics (FIA) related to mutual interest.

Ylva Johansson received an update on the battle against organized crime, terrorism, and border management initiatives.

An unprecedented comprehensive debate on migration and mobility will now be started between the EU and Pakistan. This will include dealing with irregular migration and migrant smuggling.

Likewise, continuing to enhance cooperation on return, readmission, and reintegration through the complete and efficient implementation of the Pakistan-EU readmission agreement will also be included.

This will cover all pertinent aspects of migration management.

Day 2 of the visit

On Day 2, at a joint press conference, to make it easier for suitably qualified Pakistani people to work & reside in interested EU States, Commissioner Johansson met Hina Rabbani Khar.

Hina Rabbani Khar, the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of Pakistan, decided to step up preparations for establishing a Talent Partnership with Pakistan.

Ministry of Pakistan Foreign Affairs tweeted, “Hina Rabbani met EU Commissioner for Migration & Home Affairs. Discussion focused on Pak-EU relations in general & migration in particular. They announced launching of Dialogue on Migration & Mobility, which would open avenues of legal migration from Pakistan to the European Union.”

Hina Rabbani and Ylva Johansson in a Press conference.
Hina Rabbani and Ylva Johansson in a Press conference- (Pic: FO Pakistan

 

Commissioner Johansson, on her part, expressed her gratitude to the Pakistani government for being so kind as to welcome 3 million Afghans, of which 1.3 million are refugees.

The staff of European Union in Pakistan with EU ambassador of Pakistan and Commission to Home Affairs, in Islamabad.
The staff of the European Union in Pakistan with the EU ambassador of Pakistan and the Commission to Home Affairs, in Islamabad.

 

She also touched upon the recent show of continental cooperation by the EU in hosting 4.5 million Ukrainian refugees this year.

The Commissioner discussed potential legal and secure migration routes to Europe with Federal Ministers and Secretaries of the Interior, Overseas and Human Resource Development, and Education and Professional Training.

The EU Commissioner Ylva Johansson with Team Europe in Pakistan on her conclusion of the 2-days visit.
The EU Commissioner Ylva Johansson with Team Europe in Pakistan, Islamabad

 

Commissioner Ylva Johansson wrapped up her trip to Pakistan by having in-depth conversations with the United Nations in Pakistan family.

The EU Commissioner Ylva Johansson with Team Europe in Pakistan, Islamabad
The EU Commissioner Ylva Johansson with Team Europe in Pakistan, Islamabad

 

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