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The G8 foreign ministers met in April 2007 in Potsdam, Germany, to discuss international issues, from the future of Kosovo to the situation in Afghanistan, the Middle East and Sudan. The foreign ministers of Pakistan and Afghanistan also attended the meeting. The G8 states confirmed their aim to support cooperation between Pakistan and Afghanistan. Federal Foreign Minister Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier stressed that cooperation between the two countries was indispensable for the security situation in Afghanistan and the entire region.
The G8 foreign minister highlighted the importance of promoting increased contacts between civil societies as a further confidence building measure between Pakistan and Afghanistan and offered to support stronger interaction between political representatives, parliamentarians, the media, universities, as well as contacts in the field of sports and civil society at large.
The G8 project of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung mainly focuses on article 11 of the Joint Statement by the Foreign Ministers of the G8 and the Foreign Ministers of Afghanistan and Pakistan on the “G8 Afghanistan-Pakistan Initiative” which was launched on May 30, 2007. The first step of the project envisages inviting a delegation of 12 Parliamentarians from Pakistan and Afghanistan and 4 high ranking civil servants of the respective parliamentary administrations to Germany.
They will meet their German counterparts and high ranking politicians in Berlin to discuss the status of the current development of the G8 Afghanistan-Pakistan Initiative and to engross general as well as specific thoughts for further strengthening the bilateral relationship.