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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and the United States on Wednesday exchanged views on expanding partnership in climate, investment, trade, and health as well as people-to-people ties, besides affirming the “shared desire for a strong and prosperous bilateral relationship”.

During the meeting, Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari expressed his determination to further strengthen the broad-based and multifaceted Pak-US bilateral relations.

Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari held a meeting with the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, in New York on the sidelines of a ministerial meeting on “Global Food Security Call to Action”, in which, matters pertaining to mutual interest were discussed.

In a statement after the meeting, the US State Department spokesperson Ned Price stated that the Secretary of State met with Foreign Minister Bilawal in New York City to affirm the shared desire for a strong and prosperous bilateral relationship.

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“The secretary and the foreign minister discussed expanding partnership in climate, investment, trade, and health as well as people-to-people ties. They underscored the importance of US-Pakistan cooperation on regional peace, counterterrorism, Afghan stability, support for Ukraine, and democratic principles,” the spokesperson stated.

He added that the secretary welcomed Pakistan’s chairmanship of the G77 and committed to advancing climate action and global food security.

Prior to their meeting, Blinken told media persons in New York that he looks “very much” forward to speaking to Bilawal about strengthening economic and commercial ties between the United States and Pakistan, as well as regional security.

“So we’re coming together and I’m grateful for Pakistan’s participation and engagement on this to look at concrete steps we can take to address the food insecurity issues, to help people in need around the world. But beyond that, this is an important opportunity for us to talk about the many issues where we’re working together.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2022

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