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|Monday, October 29, 2001, updated at 08:46(GMT+8)|
Germany to Help Reduce Pakistan's BurdensGerman Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder announced a DM 100 million aid for Pakistan on Sunday and pledged that his government would continue with economic assistance to Pakistan. Schroeder also supported continued bombing of Afghanistan, even during Ramazan.
The visiting dignitary also paid tributes to Pakistan for its role in the international coalition against terrorism, and recognised that this would bring Islamabad under great economic pressure. Addressing a joint press conference with President Pervez Musharraf after a few-hour stop before flying to New Delhi, Schroeder and Musharraf also made a strong appeal for the resumption of the Agra process to address the Kashmir issue.
"We have great respect for Pakistan's role in the fight against terrorism which is a balancing one for the whole region and for the international coalition. Pakistan cannot continue to play a stabilising role if we do not come in and help with its burdens," he said in his opening remarks. In this regard Germany would form a committee which would support Pakistan's case at the World Bank and the IMF. "We will go beyond this and our experts will meet. My minister for economic cooperation will hold talks in Pakistan to get an idea for a German role in humanitarian and refugee cooperation," he said.
However, like other members of the European Union, Schroeder supported the continuing military bombardment by the American troops, but emphasised that parallel to this should be a political solution for the future of Afghanistan which was very important.
While speaking about the future Afghan government, both leaders stressed that this should be one in which all Afghans participate under the UN umbrella, with the chancellor adding that the opinions of Afghanistan's neighbours should be kept in mind. Musharraf made special mention of former King Zahir Shah as one of those who should be part of the future political dispensation.
On Kashmir issue, the chancellor said: "The solution lies in return to the Agra process. Progress has been made and I will take this same message to India which I have delivered here." Earlier, President Musharraf said that Pakistan wanted durable peace in South Asia but it was India's ambitions to be a regional and world power that threatened peace in the area. "Pakistan wants dialogue on Kashmir and this is central to relations with India. India's allegations of cross-border terrorism is self-serving," he said.
German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder arrived here on Sunday on an official visit to Pakistan. On arrival at the Chaklala Air Base, he was received, among others, by Foreign Minister Abdul Sattar. A 21-gun salute boomed to herald the arrival of Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder. As the distinguished guest alighted from the special German Air flight, two small children in traditional costumes presented bouquets to Chancellor Schroeder. The national flags of Germany and Pakistan fluttered atop the Chaklala airbase. Later in a motorcade, Chancellor Schroeder arrived at the CE Office, where he was formally received by President General Pervez Musharraf. The two leaders held a one-to-one meeting and then went into formal talks.
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