The European Union will increase its annual funding for Pakistan from 50 million euros (USD60 million) to 75 million euros in 2011 under its five-year plan to boost cooperation unveiled on June 4. 

EU President Herman Van Rompuy and Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza, who led the EU-Pakistan summit in Brussels, made several agreements on regional security, trade, and anti-terrorism strategy, AFP reports

Rompuy expressed concern over Pakistan’s human rights record specifically on the rights of women and religious minorities, and recommended the creation of a government minister for the minorities.

In the fight against terrorism, he said the EU is reinforcing its efforts in counterterrorism, law enforcement, judicial cooperation and counter-radicalization measures.

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