UN – US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Pakistan’s new Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari met for the first time on Wednesday and both said they wanted to strengthen ties between the two countries.
Welcoming the US initiative at the beginning of his meeting with Blinken at the UN headquarters, the Pakistani minister said, “Recent geopolitical developments have exacerbated the situation and countries like Pakistan are already facing challenges in food security, water security, energy security.” A whole host of problems around us, from climate change. “
“I look forward to the opportunity to increase engagement between Pakistan and the United States, to improve trade relations between Pakistan and the United States, and to work with you and your administration to create opportunities for American investors and Pakistani investors and Pakistani businessmen and American entrepreneurs.” Work together, “said Bhutto Zardari.
Blinken welcomed Pakistan’s participation in the food security program and called his meeting with the foreign minister “an important opportunity to discuss many issues we are working on together.”
The top US diplomat said, “We want to focus on what we are doing to strengthen our economic and trade relations between the United States and Pakistan,” and focus on regional security.
The current chairman of the Pakistan 77 Group – a 134 major developing country at the United Nations and a strong ally of China – and Blinken said “the United States looks forward to strengthening our own relationship and dialogue with the G77.” He said he was looking forward to talking to the foreign minister about it.
State Department spokesman Ned Price later said that Blinken met with Bhutto Zardari “to ensure a shared desire for a strong and prosperous bilateral relationship.”
In the meeting, which lasted about 45 minutes, Price said they discussed “expanding partnerships in expanding relations between the people, including climate, investment, trade and health.”
“They emphasize the importance of US-Pakistan cooperation in regional peace, counter-terrorism, Afghan stability, support for Ukraine and democratic policy,” the spokesman said.
Bhutto Zardari, the son of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto who was assassinated in 2007, is the vice-president of one of the two largest opposition parties that ousted former Prime Minister Imran Khan on April 11.
Pakistan’s anti-parliamentary lawmaker elected Shahbaz Sharif as the country’s new prime minister and appointed Bhutto Zardari as foreign minister on April 26.