On Monday, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said he was pleased to announce another $10 million in food security assistance, adding that it was sending a simple message that “we are here for Pakistan like we have been in the past.”
Minister Blinken said this during a meeting with Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari where they had a “good, engaging and intense conversation” on a range of issues.
At the meeting, Mr. Blinken also spoke about managing a responsible relationship with India. “Our colleagues also talked about China and we also spoke critically about deepening our relations,” he said.
Minister Blinken said: “We are convinced that we can do a lot in the field of commerce and we are convinced that [bilateral] The relationship is strong and will continue to be stronger.”
In a meeting with Bilawal, he vows to rebuild relations
During the meeting, Mr. Blinken also said: “We meet at a third of Pakistan [area] Underwater. We have a sense of urgency and determination. We are looking forward to rebuilding [bilateral ties]. “
He added that both countries had worked together on mutual threats, worked together to combat terrorism and shared common goals on Afghanistan.
“This is a resilient relationship that can overcome all challenges,” Minister Blinken said.
Foreign Minister Bhutto Zardari arrived in Washington on Sunday evening with Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar and other members of his team.
Shortly after the arrival of the Minister of Foreign Affairs he met The US State Department’s Special Representative for Trade Affairs, Delaware Syed, discussed with him various options for expanding trade relations.
In a tweet on Twitter, the foreign minister said that in the meeting, Mr. Syed emphasized the role of the US private sector in rebuilding infrastructure after the floods.
He said he also “highlighted Pakistan’s potential and sought to increase US investment” in the country and in the government’s green energy plan.
Mr. Syed said that in his meeting with the Foreign Minister, he expressed “our solidarity with the millions of Pakistanis affected by the devastating floods,” adding that the United States is leading international efforts to support Pakistan with direct initial assistance of $53 million. “We discussed building on the momentum from my recent visit to Islamabad to expand economic relations between the United States and Pakistan,” he said.
The United States is the single country’s largest export market for Pakistan and one of the largest sources of foreign investment, with US direct investment growing 50 percent in the past year. Bilateral trade between the United States and Pakistan reached nearly $9 billion in 2021.
US companies and their local subsidiaries are among the largest employers in Pakistan, with about 80 US companies directly employing more than 125,000 Pakistanis, and more than one million Pakistanis employed indirectly. In 2021, US companies invested up to $5.7 million in CSR initiatives in Pakistan.
Mr. Bhutto Zardari also met with leaders of American companies, representatives of various American companies and prominent members of the Pakistani American community at the residence of the Pakistani ambassador.
In a previous briefing to dawnState Department advisor Derek Chollet acknowledged that the United States wanted to maintain friendly relations with Pakistan and did not want Pakistan to abandon China to improve its relations with Washington.
In a meeting with a delegation from the Doctors of Saint-Frontier (MSF), the Secretary of State expressed his appreciation for the role this international NGO is playing in providing health facilities to people affected by the floods.
Doctors Without Borders is an international organization of doctors that provides medical services to people around the world.
Posted in Dawn, September 27, 2022