Bilawal Bhutto meets Antony Blinken at UN Headquarters
NEW YORK (92 NEWS) – Pakistan and the United States have reaffirmed their determination to strengthen long-standing bilateral ties on a broad-based basis.
This was discussed in a meeting between Secretary of State Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken in New York on Thursday.
Speaking on the occasion, the External Affairs Minister said that Pakistan would work with the US administration to improve trade relations between the two countries and create opportunities for American investors and Pakistani investors to work together.
He briefed Foreign Minister Antony J Blinken about the efforts being made by Pakistan to stabilize its economy. In response, the Secretary of State assured the support of the US government to Pakistan’s efforts in that direction.
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that conflict can be very painful for nations as is evident from the long struggle against international terrorism, which affected our region and beyond.
The External Affairs Minister stressed that Pakistan is deeply concerned about the growing Islamophobia and blatant human rights violations in the IIOJK, as well as against the minorities who are a threat to regional peace and stability.
He said the immediate challenge in Afghanistan is how to avert a severe humanitarian crisis and stressed that it is necessary to consider additional ways to facilitate banking channels to boost economic activity.
They underscored the importance of non-use or threat of use of force by all member states, respect for the sovereignty of states and adherence to the charter principles of peaceful settlement of disputes.
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that Pakistan is facing challenges in food security, water security and energy security as there are many issues related to climate change and global development.
Referring to Pakistan’s current presidency of the Group of 77, Secretary of State Antony J Blinken said the US looks forward to strengthening its ties with that group through dialogue and communication. The External Affairs Minister welcomed the proposal and said that Pakistan will fully engage with the US to promote dialogue between the G77 and the US.
The External Affairs Minister and the External Affairs Minister covered the full spectrum of Pakistan-US relations and discussed the global and regional situation.
Both sides expressed satisfaction at the ongoing bilateral ties in the areas of trade and investment, climate, energy, health and education, and underlined the need to further strengthen cooperation through high-level dialogue and decisions.
Foreign Minister and Secretary Antony J. Blinken noted the recent developments in the technical sector in Pakistan. Secretary Antony J Blinken said the US would support Pakistan to make its tech industry more productive.
Secretary of State and Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken resolved to work on their shared objectives of a peaceful and stable Afghanistan.
The External Affairs Minister underscored the importance of inclusiveness, human rights, especially protection of women and girls, and timely humanitarian relief in Afghanistan. He emphasized the importance of effective methods to deal with the menace of terrorism going forward and in the future.