In maiden official visit to US, FM Bilawal holds ‘productive’ meeting with Blinken – World

Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari met US Secretary of State Antony Blinken during his first official New York visit on Wednesday to discuss bilateral relations, regional affairs and cooperation in various areas between the two countries.

At the invitation of Blinken, the foreign secretary arrived in the United States on Tuesday to attend a two-day ministerial meeting on the global food security threat sparked by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

In a series of tweets, Bilawal revealed key points from a meeting with a senior US official.

“We reaffirmed the importance of the 75th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries and our mutual commitment to strengthen the broad and inclusive relationship between our two countries,” Bilawal tweeted after the meeting.

The foreign minister said he had in-depth discussions on issues affecting regional peace and security, including in Afghanistan.

“[We] “We have agreed to work together to solve food and energy security issues,” he said.

According to Bilawal, the two sides also discussed the importance of “trade over aid” and expanding cooperation in the fields of trade and investment, energy and climate change, health and education, IT and technology, and agriculture.

He said the two countries will continue to cooperate in defense and CT fields.

Meanwhile, State Department spokeswoman Ned Price said in a statement that Villawal’s meeting with Blinken confirmed a shared aspiration for strong and prosperous relations between the two countries.

“The Minister and Foreign Minister discussed expanding partnerships in the areas of climate, investment, trade and health, as well as people-to-people relations. They emphasized the importance of US-Pakistan cooperation in regional peace, counter-terrorism, stability in Afghanistan and aid in Ukraine. , democratic principles,” he added.

Earlier this month, Blinken called Bilawal and invited him to a food security conference at UN headquarters.

Shortly after Bilawal’s arrival in New York on Tuesday, a State Department spokesman issued a statement confirming Pakistan’s strong US support for Pakistan’s economic reconstruction efforts.

“The United States will continue to work bilaterally on how to increase investment and trade opportunities to build a prosperous and stable Pakistan,” the spokesperson said. Serb in Washington.

Bilawal Meets UN Secretary-General

Meanwhile, the foreign minister also met with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at the UN headquarters on the same day.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bilawal emphasized the importance of multilateralism and the United Nations in Pakistan’s foreign policy.

He said Pakistan has firmly adhered to the principles of the UN Charter and has always supported solutions to global problems in accordance with those principles.

Bilawal highlighted the need to advance the achievement of the first two Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aimed at ending poverty and hunger.

Commenting on the situation in Ukraine, the Foreign Minister expressed appreciation for the efforts of the Secretary-General of the United Nations to facilitate a negotiated solution. He also shared Pakistan’s perspective on this issue.

Bilawal also highlighted the grim situation in India’s illegally occupied Kashmir (IIOJK), characterized by serious human rights violations and illegal demographic changes.

He said Pakistan wants peace with all its neighbors, including India, and that peace will continue as long as the Kashmir conflict is not resolved in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions and the will of the Kashmir people.

Bilawal also appreciated the Secretary-General’s commitment to combat Islamophobia and reaffirmed his commitment to working closely with him on this issue.

He appreciated the role of the UNSG in mobilizing humanitarian and economic assistance for the people of Afghanistan. The foreign minister shared Pakistan’s concerns about the spread of instability in Afghanistan into Pakistan.

He stressed that the international response must address urgent humanitarian needs and avoid a complete collapse of Afghanistan’s economy with horrific consequences for the Afghan in general.