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FM Bilawal meets US counterpart, discusses bilateral ties

Updated 19 May, 2022
<p>Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari meets US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in New York. Photo courtesy: Twitter/Pakistan Embassy US</p>

Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari meets US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in New York. Photo courtesy: Twitter/Pakistan Embassy US

Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari held a meeting with his US counterpart Antony Blinken in New York on Wednesday.

The US Secretary of State and the foreign minister discussed expanding partnerships in climate, investment, trade, and health as well as people-to-people ties.

According to the Pakistani embassy in the United States, the two foreign ministers met at the UN headquarters in New York.

U.S.-Pakistan cooperation on regional peace, counterterrorism, Afghan stability, support for Ukraine, and democratic principles came under discussion.

During the meeting, Bliken affirmed a desire for a strong and prosperous bilateral relationship to strengthen economic and trade relations.

In his brief remarks to the media prior to their meeting, Secretary Blinken said that it was an important opportunity for them to talk about the many issues they were working on together.

“We want to focus on the work we’re doing to strengthen economic and commercial ties between the United States and Pakistan, of course, focused on regional security,” he remarked.

Blinken said that countries like Pakistan were already facing challenges in food security, water security, energy security, and regional security challenges.

The US Secretary of State said that the two countries would work together to improve trade relations and create opportunities for Pakistani businessmen.

The Secretary welcomed Pakistan’s Chairmanship of the G77 and committed to advancing climate action and global food security.

“This is our first opportunity to be face to face. We spoke on the phone, we are greatly pleased to be working with the Foreign Minister, with the Government in Pakistan,” the Secretary of State said.

FM Bilawal said that Pakistan was aware of the recent geopolitical events that had indeed aggravated the situation.