“My country will consider seriously to write off the loan of 60 million euros,” Mr De Gucht said after talks with his Pakistani counterpart Khurshid Kasuri.
“We have made a request to the government of Belgium to convert this loan into aid for quake survivors. Belgium has shown its willingness in this regard … Belgium has already written off a loan of $5 million,” Mr Kasuri said. Mr De Gucht said Belgium and Pakistan should increase judicial cooperation, and recalled how two Belgians arrested in Pakistan were handed over to the US, where they ended up in Guantanamo Bay. Mr Kasuri said the two countries had agreed to enhance judicial cooperation, for which Belgium would provide a draft mutual legal assistance treaty.
Mr Kasuri said that Pakistan and the
Mr De Gucht said Pakistan-India talks on disputes including the Kashmir issue should continue and he and his prime minister would go to India, pressing the same point. “Talks should be purposeful and solid,” he added.
Asked when he expected
The Belgian foreign minister also met with Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, who urged him to help provide Pakistan more market access in Europe. “Increased market access creates sustainable development in developing countries and needs to be expended and encouraged,” the prime minister said.
The two also discussed bilateral relations between Pakistan and Belgium, regional and international issues, and defence and security matters.
Source: Daily Times