EU stand for multilateralism, Human Rights, and for Int’l cooperation, says Jean-François Cautain

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Islamabad: Ambassador of the European Union to Pakistan, H.E. Jean-François Cautain said that the EU is, and will continue to be, a strong, cooperative and reliable power. We stand for multilateralism, for human rights, and for international cooperation.

Talking at Europe Day in Islamabad, he siad “the European Union is, and will continue to be, a strong, cooperative and reliable power. We stand for multilateralism, for human rights, and for international cooperation. We work at home and abroad to promote sustainable development, inclusive societies, and the fight against inequality of any type. If solidarity is part of our DNA, it is also a smart investment in our own security and prosperity”.

This year, the European Union and EU Member States in Pakistan celebrated Europe Day in a unique manner. A ‘Eurovillage’ was set up in Lok Virsa, Islamabad aiming at increasing awareness of Europe and of European culture and values.

The general public was provided with a memorable experience of Europe as an interesting, culturally rich and friendly place. The EU’s as well as the Member States’ stands showcased their countries’ culture and traditions, language, their relationship with Pakistan and general information about their country.

The premises of Lok Virsa were transformed into a veritable carnival with food stalls and information and activity booths for adults and children including quizzes, selfie walls and giant cut outs of famous landmarks of Europe. The evening ended with live performances of the two European bands “Live Strings” and “Wild ManGoes” and the Pakistani artist Qurat-ul-Ain Balouch (QB).

Ambassador of the European Union to Pakistan, H.E. Jean-François Cautain pointed that the year of the 60th Anniversary of the EU Treaty of Rome was also the first year that the EU was organising a Eurovillage with participation from the Member States-‘to remind everyone of the EU’s cultural richness while also underlining our unity”.

The Ambassador affirmed that “the European Union is, and will continue to be, a strong, cooperative and reliable power. We stand for multilateralism, for human rights, and for international cooperation. We work at home and abroad to promote sustainable development, inclusive societies, and the fight against inequality of any type. If solidarity is part of our DNA, it is also a smart investment in our own security and prosperity”.

Today, the EU and Pakistan are not only partners in trade and GSP+ but also important political and development partners. The EU is a strong supporter of Pakistan’s democratic development, illustrated by successive election observation missions and technical assistance provided to Pakistan’s parliament and to the Election Commission of Pakistan to advance electoral reforms.

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