ISLAMABAD, APR 13 – Foreign Minister, Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi visited the Embassy of Pakistan on the second day of his official visit to Berlin on 13 April 2021.The Foreign Minister was received by the Ambassador and officers of the Embassy.

The Foreign Minister was given a tour of the Consular Section. He interacted with many applicants availing services. With a view to ease the difficulties faced by the Pakistani community and to further facilitate them, Foreign Minister Qureshi inaugurated the position of “Arzi Nawees”, who would offer free-of-cost facilitation for NADRA and IMPASS online-applications. He also announced that a similar post will soon be operationalized in the Consulate General in Frankfurt and in other places in Europe, where required.

The Foreign Minister also inaugurated a “Football Corner” in the Consular Section, dedicating it to the hardworking Pakistanis stitching footballs, especially in Sialkot. He highlighted that this Football Corner would serve as a constant reminder about the contribution of Pakistan to the most loved sport of football, across Europe. Over 50 million footballs, designed and manufactured in Pakistan, make their way to Germany, every year, to be used especially in the prestigious Bundesliga matches, which are viewed by millions of people across the world.

Foreign Minister Qureshi also interacted with members of the Pakistani community, who had travelled from various parts of Germany to meet him. During the meeting, members of the community apprised the Foreign Minister of ways to further promote Pakistan’s image in Germany and offered many suggestions. The members of the community expressed their gratitude for the inauguration of the Arzi Nawees at the Embassy of Pakistan, Berlin.

In order to acquaint European audience with Pakistan’s perspective on issues pertaining to regional and international developments, including Pakistan-India relations, grave human rights violations in IIOJK, Afghan peace process, CPEC and opportunities for investments in Special Economic Zones (SEZs), EU DisinfoLab, and FATF, the Foreign Minister held extensive media interactions with German and European media including Die Welt, DW and Diplomatic Magazine. The media representatives from local Pakistani community also interviewed the Foreign Minister.