Gilmore assures Sarwar of full support in extension of GSP Plus status

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Governor Punjab Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar was called on by the Special Representative of the European Union for Human Rights Eamon Gilmore and a five-member delegation including EU Ambassador to Pakistan. The EU Special Representative and EU ambassador assured Pakistan of their full support in the extension of GSP Plus status for Pakistan and the EU Special Representative also commended Pakistan’s efforts for protection minorities in Pakistan.

According to details, EU Special Representative Eamon Gilmore along with EU Ambassador to Pakistan Androulla Kaminara and others called on Governor Punjab Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar at Governor House Lahore. During the meeting, matters regarding bilateral ties between Pakistan and EU, trade promotion and the extension of GSP Plus status were discussed. Eamon Gilmore expressed confidence in the government’s efforts to protect human rights in Pakistan, and Governor Punjab also spoke about the realities of atrocities against minorities in India. He called on the EU Special Representative to take notice of the atrocities committed against Kashmiris and Indian minorities.

During the meeting, Governor Punjab Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar thanked the representatives of the European Union for supporting Pakistan for the extension of GSP Plus status and said that due to GSP Plus our exports have doubled since 2014. And Pakistan got the profit of more than 20 billion dollars. He further said that the European Union is Pakistan’s main trading partner. GSP Plus status plays a vital role in our economy. We are meeting 27 conventions imposed by the European Union, including Human rights, Women Rights, Minority Rights, etc. I assure you that Pakistan will continue to comply with these conventions while ensuring the protection of minorities in Pakistan as well as the provision of human rights at all levels.

EU Special Representative Eamon Gilmore praised Pakistan’s role in maintaining peace and protecting human rights, saying that peace was needed worldwide and that everyone must work together for peace. He said that Pakistan is a beneficiary country of GSP Plus status so we are here to review Pakistan’s performance on 27 conventions imposed by the EU, adding that he is glad about the improvement that Pakistan is making across various Human Rights and Labour rights issues.

EU Ambassador to Pakistan Androulla Kaminara said that she has always stood by Pakistan on the issue of extension of GSP Plus status and I have had many meetings with Governor Punjab Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar in this regard. Pakistan has played a commendable role in Afghan Peace Process and we appreciate Pakistan’s efforts for regional peace, she added.

 

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