ISLAMABAD: German Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel telephoned Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday to congratulate him on his election as the prime minister of Pakistan.
Chancellor Merkel emphasised the importance of deepening bilateral relations, expressed the desire to expand cooperation in various fields and work together on issues of mutual interest at regional and global levels.
Prime Minister Khan expressed the desire for further enhancing bilateral relations with Germany into a mutually beneficial, broad-based and long-term partnership.
Khan added that Germany is the largest trading partner of Pakistan in Europe and there is a substantial potential for cooperation in the energy and automobile sectors and investment in hydroelectric power generation.
The PM also briefed the German chancellor on the regional situation of the country, and especially the importance of a peaceful settlement in Afghanistan and better relations with India. He underscored the need for resumption of comprehensive dialogue with India to address all outstanding issues.
Chancellor Merkel invited Prime Minister Khan to visit Germany at his earliest convenience. The PM accepted the invitation.