BRUSSELS (AFP) - The European Union held out the possibility on Friday of increasing aid to Pakistan and pledged to strengthen relations in a bid to help the govt in Islamabad counter the threat of extremism. EU foreign ministers, meeting in Brussels on Monday, will commit themselves "to intensify political dialogue and deepen relations with Pakistan," according to a draft statement prepared for their talks which was obtained by AFP. "The EU will jointly explore with the government of Pakistan how to intensify dialogue in the areas of trade and development, intercultural exchange, non-proliferation, human rights, migration, counter-terrorism and radicalisation and education," added the text. It added, "The European Union states stand ready to look for possible ways of increasing its financial assistance to the country." Acknowledging the "complex and urgent challenges Pakistan is facing", the ministers will look to develop political dialogue through a visit soon to Pakistan by a delegation including EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana. The possibility of "consultations taking place at the highest level" will also be considered. Pakistan's battle against extremists has become a major concern, given their use of its territory to fight Nato-led troops in Afghanistan, and the EU's anti-terror coordinator Gilles de Kerchove is set to travel there in January. The ministers will also encourage Islamabad to "cooperate fully" with investigations into the attacks in Mumbai last week, in which gunmen struck multiple targets, killing 163 people and wounding another 300.