ISLAMABAD (Khyber Mail): At the behest of the European Commissioner for Home Affairs, Ylva Johansson, Foreign Minister Jalil Abbas Jiliani embarked on a diplomatic visit to Brussels, participating in the International Conference on the Global Alliance to Counter Migrant Smuggling.

During the conference, Minister Jiliani underscored the robust interaction between Pakistan and the European Union in matters of migration and mobility. Emphasizing the necessity of legal pathways to counter irregular migration and migrant smuggling, he advocated for international collaboration to establish effective regulatory frameworks while promoting legal means for human mobility. The Foreign Minister also shed light on the proactive steps taken by the Pakistani Government to curtail irregular migration.

On the sidelines of the conference, Minister Jiliani engaged in discussions with prominent EU figures, including EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Ylva Johansson, Vice President of the European Parliament Heidi Hautala, Chairperson of the European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs David Macalister, and EU Commissioner for International Partnerships Jutta Urpalinen.

During the meeting with Commissioner Ylva Johansson, the Foreign Minister commended the progress achieved through the recently initiated Migration and Mobility Dialogue, focusing on opening legal migration pathways and operationalizing the Talent Partnership.

Conversations with Mr. David McAllister, Ms. Heidi Hautala, and Ms. Urpalinen centered around mutually beneficial cooperation in areas such as climate change, food security, green technologies, and artificial intelligence. The Foreign Minister highlighted the GSP Plus Scheme as a model for mutually advantageous economic collaboration, expressing hope that the scheme would continue supporting developing economies without imposing excessive conditions.

Regional developments in the Middle East and South Asia, including the situation in IIOJK, were also part of the discussions. Minister Jilani stressed that recent events in the Middle East emphasized the importance of addressing long-standing disputes promptly.

In a separate interaction with members of the European Parliament, the Foreign Minister explored ways to strengthen dialogue and cooperation between Pakistan and the EU, emphasizing the expansion of parliamentary exchanges and people-to-people engagement.

The visit of Foreign Minister Jiliani presented a timely opportunity for an enriched engagement and dialogue with EU institutions, aligning with the objectives of the Strategic Engagement Plan.

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