ISLAMABAD: The fifth round of Pakistan-European Union Strategic Dialogue is being virtually held today (Tuesday), to be co-chaired by Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice President of the European Commission Josep Borrell. The virtual discussion will focus on sharing assessments on the current situation of COVID-19 pandemic and actions taken by the respective sides to mitigate its negative socio-economic impacts. In this regard, promoting international cooperation, including Prime Minister Imran Khan’s call for debt relief for developing countries, will also be discussed. Foreign Minister and High Representative will review the implementation of Pakistan-European Union Strategic Engagement Plan (SEP), signed in June last year. The Strategic Dialogue will also include exchange of views on regional and international issues. The EU is a traditional friend of Pakistan and a major trading and investment partner. The relations between the two sides are pursued through regular high-level engagements, robust institutional arrangements and structured dialogues. Ahead of the Strategic Dialogue, Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood and Deputy Secretary General of the European External Action Service Enrique Mora also held the sixth round of Pakistan-European Political Dialogue to advance bilateral cooperation, on October 6, 2020.