Foreign Minister Dr. Westerwelle meeting Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad
As the first foreign representative to meet the newly elected Pakistani government, Federal Foreign Minister Dr. Guido Westerwelle visited Pakistan from 08 to 09 June 2013 meeting Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif, Advisor on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and Speaker of the National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq.
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On Wednesday, 5 June 2013, the German Chancellor, Dr. Angela Merkel, sent a letter to the new Pakistani Prime Minister. She wrote:
“Please accept my sincere congratulations on your election as Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. I wish you every success in performing the responsible duties incumbent on you during your new term of office.
The German Government will continue to support the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in its upcoming political and economic reforms on the basis of the existing trust-based cooperation.”
She further added that she was looking forward to working with the new Prime Minister to intensify the good and friendly relations between the two countries.
Germany increases support to IDPs from KPK
Through the World Food Programme (WFO), the German Government increases its engagement to support Internally Displaced Persons in KPK originating from FATA with 750,000 Euro (approx. 94.5 million PKR) aiming to enhance food and nutrition security as well as to rebuild social cohesion.
Germany supports medical and social assistance in the district of Peshawar
Through Malteser International - a worldwide relief organisation of the Sovereign Order of Malta for humanitarian aid in close cooperation with UNOCHA - the German Government is funding medical and social assistance for refugees and internally displaced persons in the district of Peshawar with 360,000 Euro (approx. 45 million PKR) aiming to improve the health situation in the refugee camps.
Germany supports women directly effected by terrorism
The German government supports the Islamabad based NGO Individualland (IL) Pakistan towards the project “Mother testimonials” with 54,000 Euro (approx. 6.8 million PKR).
Individualland Pakistan's initiative revolves around focusing on women as peace agents. It seeks to visually document the strong voices of women directly effected by terrorism. IL also, attempts to dispel the myths around militancy by developing a comprehensive, searchable database of knowledge on the subject.
“I am very concerned by the recent opinion polls on Europeans’ views about their future and the role played by the process of European integration. Many people in Europe are losing faith in the joint European project. Especially in countries where people have been hit hard by the effects of the crisis, people are losing confidence in a better future for themselves and their children.
Foreign Minister Westerwelle calls for confidence in Europe
On 3 May 2013, Ambassador Dr. Cyrill Nunn signed an agreement with Foundation for Integrated Development Action (FIDA) over 555,000 Euro (approx. 70 million PKR).
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The German government increased its funding towards the project “Peace building and community stabilization through conflict transformation and community restauration interventions in FATA” up to 1,259,000 Euro (approx. 161,000,000 PKR), implemented by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) Pakistan.
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Germany funds child protection measures in Sindh and Punjab
Through World Vision Deutschland e.V., - a non-denominational, Christian, humanitarian organization with 236 projects in 47 different countries and a focus on long-term development cooperation and humanitarian aid -, the German Government supports the project Tawana Bachay with 270,000 Euro (approx. 35 million PKR) providing child protection centers and child-friendly spaces.
Germany funds desaster prevention in Sindh
Through Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe e.V. , - a German protestant humanitarian aid organisation that has assisted people around the world for more than 60 years -, the German Government helps to install desaster prevention facilities with 255,000 Euro (approx. 33 million PKR) aiming to improve the capacities for initial treatments in the Kashmore district, province of Sindh.
Germany supports IDPs from KPK
Through Ärzte der Welt (Doctors of the World), Munich, - a network cooperating with more than 350 health programmes in almost 80 countries -, the German Government supports Internally Displaced Persons in KPK originating from FATA with 1.1 million Euro (approx. 141.4 million PKR) aiming to improve access to health provision in the refugee camps.
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