PM Imran Khan meets Crown Prince & Prime Minister of Bahrain

US Special Presidential Envoy John Kerry Calls on Prime Minister Imran Khan

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KSA: Prime Minister Imran khan had a meeting with the Prime Mininter of the Kingdom of Bahrain, His Royal Highness Prince Salman Bin Hamad bin Isa al Khalifa in Riyadh on the side-lines of the “Middle East Green Initiative” Summit.

The two Prime Ministers expressed satisfaction at the close cooperation between the two fraternal countries in diverse fields. They discussed a range of issues of bilateral importance and also exchanged views on the latest developments in Afghanistan.

Prime Minister Imran Khan underlined that Pakistan and Bahrain have historic and deep-rooted fraternal ties. Recalling his visit to Bahrain in December 2019, the Prime Minister stressed the importance of regular high-level exchanges to further reinforce the growing momentum in bilateral relations. The Crown Prince underlined that Bahrain deeply valued its relationship with Pakistan and was committed to upgrade it in all dimensions.

Prime Minister Imran Khan stressed that a peaceful and stable Afghanistan was of crucial importance for Pakistan and the region. He added that sustained and positive engagement of the international community was critical for preventing a humanitarian crisis, averting an economic collapse, and supporting long-term development and stability in Afghanistan. The Prime Minister also underscored the importance of release of Afghanistan’s frozen assets to help the Afghan people.

The two Prime Ministers agreed to strengthen cooperation in myriad fields and maintain close consultation on all issues of mutual interest.

Prime Minister Imran Khan renewed his invitation to His Royal Highness Prince Salman Bin Hamad bin Isa al Khalifa for visit to Pakistan. The Crown Prince conveyed his resolve to undertake the visit at the earliest opportunity.

Adding to this, The United States’ Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, John Kerry, called on Prime Minister Imran Khan in Riyadh, today, on the sidelines of the “Middle East Green Initiative (MGI)” Summit.

Highlighting the priority attached by the government of Pakistan to Climate Change, the Prime Minister underscored the need to reinforce national as well as global emphasis against this existential threat. The Prime Minister shared his perspective with the Special Envoy on challenges faced by Pakistan and other developing countries due to climate change, while highlighting Pakistan’s experience of launching nature-based solutions to address the environmental challenges, including the 10 Billion Tree Tsunami project.

Reviewing the ongoing collaboration between Pakistan and the United States on climate change and environment, Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed satisfaction on 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.

Special Envoy Kerry agreed that Pakistan and the US shared a longstanding relationship, which should be further reinforced in areas of mutual convergence, including climate and environment. He acknowledged various initiatives undertaken by Pakistan to fight climate change. Emphasizing the priority attached by the U.S. Administration towards the issue of climate change, Special Envoy Kerry briefed the Prime Minister on various measures undertaken by the Biden Administration for developing a broad global consensus on climate action in the run-up to the UNFCCC Conference of Parties (COP-26), later this month.

The Prime Minister underscored that Pakistan and the United States should continue sharing ideas, expertise and technology to optimize mutually beneficial opportunities in the fight against climate change.

The Prime Minister also encouraged the Special Envoy to further explore possibility of enhanced bilateral engagement through the US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) to support investment in climate mitigation, resilience, and adaptation in Pakistan and the developing world. The Special Envoy acknowledged the huge potential of cooperation in these areas and expressed the desire to further explore opportunities of bilateral cooperation including in power generation projects from renewable sources.

The two sides agreed to work in close coordination to determine next steps in building an effective framework of cooperation in this regard.

In the regional context, the Prime Minister underscored the importance of a peaceful and stable Afghanistan for Pakistan and the region. The Prime Minister stressed the imperative for the international community to work pragmatically to preserve peace and security, avert humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, and prevent an economic collapse. The Prime Minister underscored the need for positive engagement and release of economic resources and financial assets for the welfare of the Afghan people.

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