The European Union offered technical assistance to Pakistan for the implementation of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) action plan by the nation. The announcement was made during the plenary of the EU-Pakistan joint commission on 13-14 November in Brussels, that was preceeded by sub-group meetings on all areas.
The Paris-based global terror financing watchdog FATF retained Pakistan on its Grey List till February next year for its failure to take action against money laundering and terror financing. The country was placed on the list last year and was given a plan of action to complete it by October, or face the risk of being placed on the Black List with Iran and North Korea.
The two sides also discussed key areas of cooperation, including trade, development cooperation, democracy, governance, rule of law, human rights, migration, and response to natural disasters.
Pakistan’s representatives briefed the EU side on the recent developments in the region and expressed their concerns regarding the situation in Indian controlled Jammu and Kashmir. Solutions for Afghan refugees and their host communities were also discussed.
The next dialogue will be held next year in Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad.