Message of CG, Eugen Wollfarth on German Unity Day

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The fall of the Berlin wall in 1989 was an absolutely overwhelming, a truly emotional event. It came unexpectedly, and was hard to believe.
The burst of joy in Berlin, uniting Germans from East and West echoed throughout the country and around the globe. Today, three decades and a full generation later, German Unity is an absolutely stabilizing pillar for Europe and the world. With the Brandenburg Gate open, the overcoming of pains of the past, the long separation of families terminated, the joyful present and the hope for united and peaceful future have an impressive symbol. Let me turn to Karachi now: it is just a bit over one year since my wife and I have come to this vibrant city.
I am fascinated with the multicultural richness of this place. I try to be as much in touch with people of Karachi as I do with the leadership of the two provinces, Sindh and Baluchistan, which the Consulate General covers from Karachi. My reaching out goes far beyond Karachi into both provinces: I have been to places of political, cultural and economic interest including Thatta, Makli, Hyderabad, Mirpurkhas, Umerkot, Tharparkar, Gwadar, Quetta and Ziarat. The focus was always on the people. I have had so many meetings and friendly encounters, which I am really grateful for, including the legendary hospitality the Pakistanis are known for. As Consul General of Germany I am always ready to foster ever better relations with Pakistan and its provinces, building on the manifold existing ties between our people, our enterprises and our countries. To this end, I am proud to highlight just a few points. We had visits of trade delegations, inter alia from Bavaria and stemming from a number of other German states, which we hosted jointly with the German-Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Recently, we also had an official visit of an Aircraft of the German Navy in Karachi. Germany can offer many opportunities in the economic field, in culture, including language with the help of the Goethe Institute here in Karachi, in environment, health and climate change, to mention just a few. Growing visa numbers are witness to the high attractiveness. One outstanding opportunity, we are especially proud of, is the possibility for young Pakistanis to study in Germany in one of our world class universities. I would like to wish you all a happy Day of German Unity and a successful year to come!

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