Climate change and agriculture are directly linked and need to be addressed as a whole: FM

FM leaves for UAE to offer condolence with Al Nahyan’s family

127

Islamabad: Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Monday will arrive in the United Arab Emirates to offer condolences to the Al-Nahyan family, the leadership and people of the UAE, on the passing away of President late Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

“In the demise of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa, the UAE has lost a visionary and statesman, who profoundly transformed the country. Pakistan has also lost a sincere friend and partner who made invaluable contributions towards strengthening fraternal ties between the two countries,” the Foreign Office Spokesperson said in a press release.

In this hour of grief, the thoughts and prayers of the people of Pakistan are with the Al-Nahyan family and the Emirati brethren, the spokesperson further added. Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari will visit New York to attend a ministerial meeting on “Global Food Security Call to Action” being held at the United Nations on May 18.

The foreign minister is undertaking the visit at the invitation of US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

The meeting will bring together a regionally diverse group of countries including those most affected by food insecurity and those in a position to take action to address it.

The ministers will be invited to speak on humanitarian needs and longer-term development efforts required to save lives and build resilience for the future, Foreign Office Spokesperson said in a press release.

The foreign minister will also participate in the open debate of the UN Security Council on “Maintenance of International Peace and Security – Conflict and Food Security” under the US Presidency of the Council on 19 May.

He will highlight Pakistan’s perspective and policy priorities in the two meetings.

While in New York, the foreign minister will have other important engagements on the sidelines, including a bilateral meeting with the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

“Pakistan will continue to play a proactive role in supporting the international efforts to advance the shared objectives of a peaceful and stable world free of conflict, and poverty and hunger,” it was added.

Federal Minister of National Food Security and Research Tariq Bashir Cheema welcomed a delegation of Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nation (FAO) led by its representative Ms. Florence Rolle. The meeting was also attended by the Secretary National Food Security Capt (r) Muhammad Asif, SJS Javed Humayun and Technical Adviser Dr. Akmal Siddique.

Tariq Bashir Cheema welcomed the delegation at his office. Ms. Florence congratulated the Federal Minister on taking charge of the ministry and briefed him of the working of the FAO.

Federal Minister said that the agriculture is of paramount importance and FAO can play a key role in transforming the agriculture industry. He appreciated the work being carried out by FAO in Pakistan and assured the delegation of full support and cooperation with them. He said that Pakistan is facing a lot of challenges but with absolute resolve these challenges can be converted into opportunities for the country. Tariq Bashir Cheema said that climate change and agriculture are directly linked and that these challenges need to be addressed as a whole.

Ms. Florence said that FAO is working tirelessly in supporting government with respect to policy formulation and knowledge management. She told the minister that FAO is leading projects in agriculture worth $ 170 Million which includes 35 projects. She offered to do a detailed briefing for the minister of each project. Ms. Florence told the minister that the biggest project is worth $ 45 Mn. Ms. Florence briefed the minister about an on-going assessment of the organizational structure of PARC and the ministry. She said that findings of the assessment will help in improving efficiency. While in New York, the foreign minister have other important engagements on the sidelines, including a bilateral meeting with the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

“Pakistan will continue to play a proactive role in supporting the international efforts to advance the shared objectives of a peaceful and stable world free of conflict, and poverty and hunger,” it was added.

Comments are closed.

Subscribe to Newsletter
close-link