ISLAMABAD: The fourth EU-Pakistan Political Counter-terrorism dialogue was held here on Tuesday under the framework of the EU-Pakistan 5 year Engagement Plan.
During the dialogue, the Pakistani delegation was led by Additional Secretary (UN&EC), Ms. Tasnim Aslam while the EU delegation was led by Ms. Mara Marinaki, Managing Director Multilateral Issues, European External Action Service (EEAS).
Both sides discussed the challenge posed by the scourge of terrorism to all regions of the world and reaffirmed their commitment to strengthen international cooperation to prevent and combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.
They also expressed their strong and unequivocal condemnation of recent terrorist attacks in Pakistan, the European Union member states and the rest of the world exchanged views on the steps being taken by both sides to address the threat posed by terrorism.
The two sides reaffirmed that terrorism cannot and should not be associated with any religion, nationality, civilization or ethnic group and agreed on the importance of enhancing intercultural and inter-religious dialogue and understanding to promote tolerance and harmony.
The two sides also exchanged views on the ongoing EU-Pakistan cooperation on issues pertaining to counter-terrorism and agreed to explore ways for further strengthening this relationship including at the multilateral fora, in particular at the United Nations.