Council of the EU adopts conclusions on strengthened cooperation with Pakistan
The Council of the EU has confirmed its interest in a ‘stable, secure, and democratic Pakistan’ in new conclusions that underline the importance of ensuring the safe return of Afghani refugees, the promotion of human rights and the rule of law, and the empowerment of girls and women in the country.
Bilateral relations between the EU and Pakistan have deepened over the past few years through the implementation of a five-year plan, adopted in 2012. Priority areas for cooperation include politics, security, governance, human rights, migration, trade, and energy. A political framework to replace the five-year plan is ongoing and will include new focus areas such as counter-terrorism, non-proliferation, and disarmament.