The US government has announced it will offer another $10 million to Pakistan for a food security programme.

Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari called on his Secretary of State Antony Blinken at the State Department in Washington on Monday and discussed bilateral ties and issues of mutual interest.

Bilawal, holding a joint press conference with Blinken following the meeting, said that diplomacy has returned between the State Department and the foreign ministry of Pakistan.

The foreign minister said that Pakistan seeks help and cooperation from the US on climate justice. It was time for the green revolution to take place, he said, hoping that US President Joe Biden would lead it [the green revolution].

“Pakistan has experienced a climate catastrophe of biblical apocalyptic proportions,” he said. 

He noted that “it is ironic that Pakistan, which contributed 0.8% to global carbon emissions, is one of the ten most climate-stressed nations on the planet.” The foreign minister said his country looks to the US for assistance and support so it can get its people climate justice. 

“I am convinced that we can build back better. We will build a climate-resilient Pakistan. We will build a greener Pakistan. We will create green opportunities and green jobs — these opportunities not only for us and our private sector but also for those across the world willing to invest in Pakistan,” he said. 

“The Pak-US relation is not just resilient but the two nations have stood the test of time as well,” he said. “We proved throughout history that when we worked together, we achieved great goals.” 

Praising the Pakistani-American community, Bilawal said they are patriotic Pakistanis and patriotic Americans, and they contribute to the US and are keen to contribute to Pakistan as well.

During the press conference, Bilawal also invited Blinken to visit Pakistan.

Secretary Blinken said this is a very difficult time for Pakistan. “The flooding will have long-term repercussions if the situation is not handled immediately,” he warned.

He stated that the US stands with the people of Pakistan at this crucial time and added that 17 planes carrying aid for the flood victims had already left the country. Pakistan will also receive an additional $10 million for its food security programme, he noted.

The US Secretary of State said that Pakistan-US economic relations can be further bolstered.

Earlier, during the meeting with Bilawal, Blinken expressed grief over the devastation caused by floods in Pakistan and assured him of all possible support from the US.

The foreign minister thanked the US government for helping the flood victims.

Bilawal was joined at the meeting by Ambassador Masood Khan and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar.

DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS: Earlier, Bilawal met a delegation of “Doctors Without Borders” (Medicines San Frontier) led by its General Director Vickie Hawken in Washington.

The minister appreciated the role of organisation in providing health facilities to the flood-affected people of Pakistan.

He said the MSF is playing a proactive role in providing healthcare facilities to the flood victims.

Hawken expressed deep sorrow over the devastation caused by the floods in Pakistan.


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