Pakistan, EU reiterate resolve to jointly combat terrorism
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and the European Union have reiterated their resolve to jointly combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.
The understanding came at the seventh round of Pakistan-EU Political Counter-Terrorism dialogue in Brussels. Pakistani side was led by Director General Counter Terrorism Ahmad Farooq and the EU side by its Director for Security Policy Pawel Herczynski.
They stressed for a comprehensive approach to terrorism, based on the rule of law and protection of human rights and for enhancing cooperation in dealing with violent extremism in all its aspects, including preventing and countering radicalisation and addressing the root causes. The parties furthermore underlined their joint commitment to regional peace and stability.
The EU side appreciated Pakistan’s increasing efforts in fighting terrorism and emphasised the need for increased engagement on preventing and countering radicalisation.
Both sides underlined the importance of interfaith dialogue and harmony as a key to promote tolerance and social cohesion in the society.
They reaffirmed their support for the implementation of the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy in a balanced and integrated manner.
The EU and Pakistan agreed that the next meeting of the dialogue would take place in Islamabad in 2019.
In a statement last month, the British leadership was unanimous in acknowledging Pakistan’s extraordinary achievements in counter terrorism and commended the improved security situation in Pakistan and its positive efforts towards regional peace.