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Pakistan Tells US to Work Rationally to Prevent Economic Collapse in Afghanistan

October 26, 2021

During a meeting with a senior US official, Prime Minister Imran Khan emphasized the importance of a peaceful and stable Afghanistan for Pakistan and the region.

According to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate Change, John Kerry, met with Prime Minister Imran on the sidelines of the “Middle East Green Initiative (MGI)” summit in Riyadh. The prime minister emphasized the importance of the international community working together to maintain peace and security, avert the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, and avoid economic collapse.

He emphasized the importance of positive engagement and the release of economic resources and financial assets for the Afghan people’s welfare.

PM Imran emphasized the need to strengthen national and global emphasis against this existential threat, according to the official statement, highlighting the government of Pakistan’s priority for climate change.The prime minister discussed the challenges that Pakistan and other developing countries face as a result of climate change with the special envoy, highlighting Pakistan’s experience in launching nature-based solutions to address environmental challenges, such as the 10 billion Tree Tsunami project.

PM Imran expressed satisfaction with the recently held inaugural meeting of the “US-Pakistan Climate and Environment Working Group,” which explored potential areas of bilateral Pak-US cooperation on climate action, while reviewing the ongoing collaboration between Pakistan and the US on climate change and the environment.According to the statement, Kerry agreed that Pakistan and the United States have a long-standing relationship that should be strengthened in areas of mutual interest, such as climate and environment.

He praised Pakistan for its efforts to combat climate change. Kerry briefed the prime minister on various measures taken by the Biden administration to develop a broad global consensus on climate action in the run-up to the UNFCCC Conference of Parties (COP-26) later this month, emphasizing the US administration’s priority for the issue of climate change.The prime minister emphasized the importance of Pakistan and the US continuing to share ideas, expertise, and technology in order to maximize mutually beneficial opportunities in the fight against climate change.He also encouraged the special envoy to look into the possibility of increased bilateral engagement through the US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) to help Pakistan and the developing world invest in climate mitigation, resilience, and adaptation.According to the statement, the special envoy recognized the enormous potential for cooperation in these areas and expressed a desire to further explore bilateral cooperation opportunities, including in renewable energy generation projects.The two parties agreed to work closely together to figure out the next steps in establishing an effective framework of cooperation in this area.

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