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French And German Diplomats Celebrate Peace And Reconciliation Treaty In Pakistan

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French Ambassador Dr. Marc Baréty and German Ambassador Bernhard Schlagheck gave a joint lecture on “German-French friendship as the ground for effective multilateralism” at NUST University to mark the 57th anniversary of the treaty of German-French reconciliation and friendship . The lecture was attended by students and faculty members of the university’s department for public policy and governance. The German and French Embassies in Islamabad celebrated the Franco-German friendship day with a joint lunch of both Embassies’ staff.

During the lecture at NUST both Ambassadors emphasized:

“After centuries of hostilities and wars between our countries, strong political will and people-to-people contacts paved the way to overcome ‘hereditary enmity’ and establish Franco-German friendship. This successful reconciliation process might be a source of inspiration for other regions as well.”

On this date in 1963, French President Charles de Gaulle and German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer signed in Paris the Elysée Treaty on cooperation between the two countries that marked the beginning of an era of friendship and cooperation after more than a century of hostilities and wars. This date also marks the first anniversary of last year’s Aachen Treaty between the two countries, which builds upon the achievements of the Elysée Treaty and looks to deepen bilateral cooperation between the now friendly neighbours.

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