The central bank of Pakistan has launched a commemorative coin, valuing Rs 70 to mark the 70th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between Germany and Pakistan.
The diplomatic relationship between Germany and Pakistan was established on October 15, 1951.
Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary of Pakistan, Sohail Mahmood was the chief guest at the coin launching ceremony held in the capital, Islamabad. Ambassador of Germany Bernhard Schlagheck, and Deputy Governor SBP, Dr. Murtaza Syed were among the dignitaries present on this occasion.
The German ambassador ,Bernhard Schlagheck expressed his appreciation to the Government of Pakistan and the SBP for the issuance of the coin. While noting the design features of the coin, he remarked on the historic importance of the buildings depicted, the Brandenburg Gate and the Minar-e-Pakistan.
He noted that Germany and Pakistan have a long history of development cooperation, reflected most recently by the ongoing visit of the Deputy Development Minster of Germany.
He also highlighted the history of close interaction between the two countries at the highest levels, alluding to the planned visits of the Prime Minister of Pakistan to Germany and the German foreign minister to Pakistan.
He emphasized that the two countries have strong relations in the areas of finance, culture, and education. The ambassador also extoled the contributions of the Pakistani diaspora in Germany, noting that they were playing an important role in promoting social prosperity and economic development in Germany.
Foreign Secretary, Sohail Mahmood in his address discussed the strong relations that Germany and Pakistan have established over many decades. He highlighted the cooperation between Pakistan and Germany in diverse fields including trade and investment, energy, environment, education, science and technology, and defense and security.
He noted that Germany is the largest trading partner of Pakistan within the European Union and appreciated the investment made by German institutions in Pakistan. On a human level, he also highlighted the significant influence of Germany in the intellectual evolution of Allama Iqbal.