EU and Pakistan plan joint summit

The European Union and Pakistan are planning to hold their first ever summit, the Reuters news agency reported on Saturday quoting sources from the Czech EU presidency. The summit should take place on June 17 in Brussels. The 27-member bloc and the United States seek to boost ties with Pakistan because of concern over the spread of Islamic militancy in the country. A source from the Czech presidency of the bloc said that the EU wanted to strengthen the civilian Pakistani government by showing strong support at the highest level. The agenda of the planned summit should include topics such as fight against terrorism, cooperation on the rule of law, and the improvement of trading relations.

Author: Jan Richter