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US seems ahead to spice up cooperation with Pakistan

Counselor of US Division of State Derek Chollet mentioned a variety of points with Pakistani officers, together with strengthening of financial ties, cooperating to handle the impacts of the local weather disaster, and increasing people-to-people connections.

“America and Pakistan have a sturdy partnership based mostly on many years of bilateral cooperation and help, and we look ahead to strengthen our relationship in commerce, funding, local weather, clear power, well being, safety, training, and different shared priorities,” mentioned Counselor Chollet.

He was in Pakistan on a two-day go to together with a delegation of senior US authorities officers, together with Counselor of the US Company for the Worldwide Growth Clinton White, and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Pakistan Elizabeth Horst to spotlight the significance of bilateral partnership and reaffirm the 2 nations’ shared objectives, a US Embassy press launch on Friday mentioned.

Following the January 9 Convention on Local weather Resilient Pakistan in Geneva, Counselor Chollet’s go to supplied an opportunity to be taught extra in regards to the progress Pakistan has made thus far in response to the floods and the way the USA, different donors and companions can most successfully help its resilient restoration.

“Up to now, the USA has supplied greater than $200 million {dollars} to help catastrophe resilience and flood response efforts in Pakistan. This continued help displays the endurance of the bilateral partnership and the USA’ long-term dedication to Pakistan and its individuals,” the embassy mentioned.

Sharing the small print of the go to, the embassy mentioned Counselor Chollet met International Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, and mentioned strengthening the US-Pakistan bilateral partnership, together with elevated financial cooperation and Pakistan’s wants because it continued to get well and rebuild following the floods.

At a gathering with Minister of State for Finance and Income Dr Aisha Ghaus Pasha, the delegation additionally talked about financial reform and enhancing the regulatory surroundings in Pakistan to spice up international funding, together with from US companies. Counselor Chollet additionally met Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal and mentioned Pakistan’s flood restoration and future alternatives throughout the US-Pakistan Inexperienced Alliance.

The Inexperienced Alliance builds upon the wealthy US-Pakistan historical past of environmental collaboration and can assist each nations collectively meet the agricultural, power, water, and financial wants of the current and future.

Via the Inexperienced Alliance, the 2 nations will help one another to holistically strengthen local weather resilience, pursue power transformation, and foster inclusive financial progress.

The US authorities will construct on the dialogues of the Counselor’s go to on the first Commerce and Funding Framework Settlement Council since 2016 subsequent week and the second Vitality Safety Dialogue and Local weather and Atmosphere Working Group this spring.

“The US authorities is devoted to increasing the total vary of commerce, safety, training, people-to-people, local weather, and clear power cooperation and ties between the Pakistani and American individuals to advertise a extra steady, safe, and affluent future for each our nations,” the embassy mentioned.

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