Germany stands by Pakistan: German FM announces additional flood aid
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Germany has shown solidarity with Pakistan over flood devastation and announced an additional one million euros in aid for the calamity-hit people, 24NewsHD TV channel reports.
It is difficult to estimate how much destruction was caused by the flood in Pakistan, German Foreign Minister Annalina Bierbock said while addressing a joint press along with her Pakistani counterpart Bilawal Bhutto in Belin.
Pakistan is the most affected by climate change, she said adding that flood-born diseases have been adding to flood victims' woes.
Germany wants to strengthen bilateral cooperation with Pakistan, the German FM said, adding that Pakistan's role in the Afghan issue has always been important.
Bilawal Bhutto highlighted the devastation caused by recent flooding that claimed hundreds of lives and displaced thousands of families.
The foreign minister said: “The biggest catastrophe has been causing waterborne diseases and women and children have been at the receiving end.”
He continued: “One-third of Pakistan's area was badly affected by floods. More than 30 million people were directly affected. Pakistan is facing a major disaster due to climate change.”
Bilawal Bhutto expressed gratitude to his German counterpart for the hospitality he accorded in Berlin.
Foreign Minister Bilawal and his German counterpart Annalina Bierbock had a meeting earlier.
FM Bilawal and his German counterpart Annalina Bierbock had deliberations upon measures to cement bilateral ties prior to the press conference.
The Foreign Minister is visiting Germany for two days at the invitation of his German counterpart.
Bilawal Bhutto is on the mission of strengthening and expanding bilateral ties with Germany – an important member of the European Union.
The focus of the visit is on deepening Pakistan's economic ties with Germany.
Germany has always been an important export destination for Pakistan. Pakistan has a long-standing, multifaceted relationship with Germany.