Foreign Minister of Pakistan, Ms. Hina Rabbani Khar and Foreign Minister of Germany Dr. Guido Wester Welle signed a Roadmap for Strategic Dialogue last evening. The Roadmap provides for fostering closer relations in various fields, including political consultations, enhancement of bilateral trade and investment, parliamentary exchanges and people to people contact. Says a press release received here today from Berlin. Strategic Dialogue provides for annual Ministerial Consultations at the Foreign Secretary level alternately in Islamabad and Berlin to review progress and set markers for further strengthening relations. The first round of consultations is expected to be held early next year. The roadmap identifies areas of cooperation within the framework of Strategic Dialogue. It provides for regular political consultations on bilateral, regional and international issues, international stabilization efforts in Afghanistan, regional integration, a working-level dialogue on respective counter-terrorism efforts and possibilities for enhanced cooperation in this area. It also covers human rights issues, nuclear non-proliferation and disarmaments including negotiations in the frame work of the United Nations Conference on Disarmaments in Geneva. Enhancement of trade, economic and investment relations, inter-parliamentary and civil society dialogue, cooperation in higher education, science and cultural exchanges, bilateral development cooperation in the jointly agreed priority sectors i.e energy, health, education, governance and exploring possibilities for further cooperation in the areas of renewable energy, environment and vocational training also come in the ambit of Strategic Dialogue. Both the Foreign Ministers expressed their optimism that the roadmap would usher in a new era of mutually beneficial cooperation and friendship between the two countries.