In meeting with John Kerry, Prime Minister Imran Khan stresses on release of Afghan economic resources

Prime Minister Imran Khan (centre) meets with John Kerry, the United States Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, in Riyadh on October 25, 2021, on the sidelines of the “Middle East Green Initiative (MGI)” summit. — Twitter/PakPMO

Prime Minister Imran Khan, in a meeting with US diplomat John Kerry, stressed the need for positive engagement with Afghanistan and the release of confiscated economic resources and financial assets for the welfare of the Afghan people.

The countries have yet to recognize the Taliban-led regime, which was torn apart by the international community in mid-August after Ashraf Ghani was ousted.

During the meeting, the premier urged the international community to work practicably to maintain peace and security, prevent economic collapse and avert a humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan.

Prime Minister Imran Khan also underlined the importance of a peaceful and stable Afghanistan for Pakistan and the region.

Kerry, United States Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, and Prime Minister spoke on the sidelines of the “Middle East Green Initiative (MGI)” summit in Riyadh.

The Prime Minister is in Saudi Arabia from 23-25 ​​October on a three-day visit.

Speaking about climate change, the Prime Minister stressed the need to strengthen national and global emphasis on what is being described as an existential threat.

The Prime Minister shared his perspective with the Special Envoy on the challenges faced by Pakistan and other developing countries due to climate change, while also calling for Islamabad to launch nature-based solutions to address environmental challenges, including the 10 Billion Tree Tsunami project. Highlight the experience.

Reviewing the ongoing cooperation between Pakistan and the US on climate change and environment, Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed satisfaction at the recently held inaugural meeting of the “US-Pakistan Climate and Environment Working Group”, which organized bilateral Pakistan on Climate Change. Explored potential areas of US cooperation. Work.

Kerry said that Pakistan-US relations should be further strengthened in areas of mutual coordination, including climate and environment.

He acknowledged the various initiatives taken by Pakistan to fight climate change.

‘Pakistan committed to ensure Saudi Arabia’s security’

Separately, addressing the Pakistan-Saudi Arabia Investment Forum, PM Imran Khan said that Pakistan is committed to ensuring the security of Saudi Arabia, as he expressed his desire to further strengthen the ties between the two states.

“The stable relationship between the two states is due to the people’s relationship with each other,” the Prime Minister said.

The prime minister said Saudi Arabia has always supported Pakistan during the country’s difficult times and Islamabad “always remembers its loyal friends”.

The Prime Minister stressed the importance of involving the private sector to strengthen economic ties between the two states.

He expressed the hope that the private sector of the two countries would take full advantage of the close and cordial bilateral relations to realize the untapped potential in the fields of trade, trade and investment.

Highlighting the importance of Pakistan as a gateway to Asian markets and beyond, the Prime Minister underlined that the geo-strategic position gave Pakistan a unique opportunity to encourage intra-regional trade by building regional connectivity on modern lines. opportunities have been provided.

He emphasized Pakistan’s proximity to the two largest markets, noting that Pakistan had excellent relations with China and that there could be further economic gains if the unresolved dispute over Jammu and Kashmir is resolved peacefully with India.