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Historic Franco-German Élysée Treaty of 1963

KARACHI: Today (22nd of January, 2023) Germany and France are celebrating the signing of the Élysée Treaty inked 60 years ago.

Alliance Française de Karachi/Goethe-Institut was the venue where Consul General of France Mr. Alexis Chahtahtinsky and the Consul General of Germany Dr. Rüdiger Lotz shook hands to commemorate the event.

They held: “After World War II, France reached out to its former enemy and treated Germany as a partner.

“The following 60 years have been the happiest in our two countries’ history.

“They have shown how two nations, formerly hostile to each other, can achieve unprecedented friendship and cooperation.

“This was neither easy nor natural.

“It requires a great deal of leadership and political wisdom on both sides.

“Today as Germany and France celebrate the 60th anniversary of the 1963 Élysée Treaty in a place where symbolically, the Alliance Française and the Goethe-Institut have come together, under the same roof, to bring French and German language and culture closer to the people of Karachi.

“France and Germany do believe that this friendship can serve as an example. Long live the friendship between France and Germany!”

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M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.