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Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod visits Pakistan

01.10.2021  09:00
Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod is in Islamabad, Pakistan. The visit has included a constructive with Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi. Although the two ministers don’t agree on all affairs, Denmark and Pakistan have various shared interests, including on trade, the green agenda, and regional stability.
Pakistan is a central actor in the region, and FM Kofod strongly encouraged Pakistan to help put pressure on the Taliban to live up to its commitments, including on human rights and inclusive government. FM Kofod also conveyed his gratitude to Pakistan for assisting the Danish evacuation efforts from Afghanistan. FM Kofod was pleased to note that the agreement between Denmark and Pakistan to use Islamabad Airport as a hub in the Danish evacuation efforts from Kabul had served as a successful model for inspiration for a number of other countries.

Denmark and Pakistan have had diplomatic ties for the past 70 years. The two foreign ministers agreed to strengthen the bilateral cooperation in areas such as climate change, green transition, and sustainable trade. To support this work, FM Kofod announced that the Danish embassy in Pakistan will be boosted with an extra posted employee. 

During his visit, FM Kofod has also talked with local ambassadors and journalists and visited the international airport in Islamabad to thank the local staffers for their central role in Denmark’s evacuation operation.