German foreign minister urges support for Pakistan
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, on the final stage of his Pakistan and Gulf tour, met with top United Arab Emirates (UAE) leaders Wednesday, with the talks concerning his initiative to help Pakistan, reported dpa.
Steinmeier met with the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan and Deputy Premier Sheikh Hamdan for political talks and to help prepare for the conference of the "circle of friends of democratic Pakistan" to take place in mid-November in Abu Dhabi.
The initiative which Steinmeier proposed is to provide aid projects in Pakistan's health and energy sectors, in turn contributing to stabilising the country economically and politically.
The group, formed in New York in late September, includes several European Union members, as well as China and the United States.
In Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, Steinmeier had sought to gain the Saudis' support for the initiative. After their initial reserve towards the idea, the Saudis also declared their readiness to participate in the Pakistan initiative.
On Thursday Steinmeier is scheduled to meet with officials from the UAE's state investment company.
With estimated assets of 875 billion dollars, the world's largest state-owned fund is reportedly seeking to increase its involvement in Europe. Related to this is speculation about a possible investment stake in the German luxury carmaker Daimler.
Steinmeier arrived in the wealthy Gulf emirate from neighbouring Saudi Arabia, where he urged the international community to cooperate to avert economic collapse in Pakistan.