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German Foreign Minister tests Covid positive during visit to Pakistan


During her visit to Pakistan on Tuesday, German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock tested positive for Covid 19, forcing her to cut short her trip and return to Germany.

The German Foreign Office has confirmed its information that “Annalena Baerbock tested positive after lunch today,” News International reported.

After testing positive for the virus, the minister canceled all other dates for the trip, which also included stops in Greece and Turkey, the ministry said.

According to the ministry’s official Twitter account, Baerbock regularly tests itself for the virus. He further said that she had tested negative for the virus in the morning, News International reported.

German FM Annalena Baerbock arrived in Pakistan today, where she was welcomed by Pakistani Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar and other senior officials.

The Minister and her Pakistani counterpart Bilawal Bhutto Zardari also planted a young tree in the premises of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Baerbock’s visit to Pakistan was scheduled for June 7-8 to hold a discussion on bilateral and global issues with his Pakistani counterpart. This comes in response to the invitation of Pakistani Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.

The two sides attach particular importance to strengthening bilateral cooperation in various fields, including trade and investment, energy, defense and people-to-people contacts, the ministry said.

The German Foreign Minister’s visit is part of regular high-level exchanges between the two countries and is expected to further enhance the multifaceted relations between Pakistan and Germany, according to the statement.

This year, the two countries celebrate the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations. The visit of the German Foreign Minister is part of regular high-level exchanges between the two countries.

[with inputs from agencies]

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