Brussels: The European Union, an economic and political union of 27 member states that are located primarily in Europe, has offered to send observers in Pakistan to oversee the elections in the country due to be held in May.
The observers will ensure a “peaceful, credible” vote that will be “acceptable” to all.
“The EU looks forward to upcoming elections that are peaceful, credible, transparent, inclusive and acceptable to the Pakistani people,” EU foreign ministers said in a statement released after talks.
The 27-nation bloc “is ready to assist by deploying an election observation mission, as a tangible sign of our support for the democratic process,” the statement added.
The ministers also said they looked forward to re-energising ties with the next government and hoped quick contacts could lead to a third EU-Pakistan summit.
They recalled that the EU had given Pakistan better market access to help it overcome economic problems linked to natural disasters, and welcomed Pakistan’s “constructive role in promoting a secure Afghanistan and supporting an Afghan-led peace and reconciliation process.”