Message of H.E. Dr. Cyrill Nunn, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, on the occasion of the German National Day on 03 October 2012
Consul and as First Secretary in the Development Section – there were still two German Embassies reflecting the sharp divide of Berlin, Germany and Europe. At that time nobody expected a sudden change. However, just one year later, in November 1989, the peaceful revolution led to the fall of theBerlinWall and inOctober 1990 to the unification of the twoGerman states. Having returned to Islamabad - now along with my wife and my children - I noticed quickly that Pakistan and Islamabad have changed tremendously. Pakistan is governed by a democratically elected government; the free media plays a crucial role in the society. Cities and towns have expanded, in particular Islamabad has become amore vivid place with such new facilities as Fatimah Jinnah Park or Pakistan Monument. The political relations between our two countries are quite close and have been strengthenedwithin the last 12months. Dr. Guido Westerwelle, the Federal Foreign Minister, and the Federal Minister of Defence, Thomas de Maizière, as well as several Members of Parliament and other highranking officials have visited Pakistan. Another recent highlight has been the visit of Pakistan's Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar to Berlin in September 2012. During this visit both Ministers signed the „Strategic Dialogue Roadmap“- a step thatwill f u r t h e r deepen our bilateral relations. In the economic field, Germany has been and still is the biggest trade partner of Pakistan within the European Union which in turn is the biggest trade partner of Pakistan overall. The academic exchange is growing; at present, nearly 2.600 Pakistani students are studying in Germany. As we Germans celebrate our National Day, I hope that democracy in Pakistan as well as the contacts between our two countries will be strengthened in the years to come.