Trump and Pakistan’s Khan discuss coordination against COVID-19
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and US President Donald Trump on Wednesday discussed the COVID-19 pandemic related challenges, its implications on the global economy, and the ways to mitigate its impact.
During a telephonic discussion, both the leaders exchanged views on regional issues and further strengthening of Pakistan-US cooperation, a press release issued by the Pakistan PM Media Office said.
Prime Minister Imran also conveyed sympathies and condolences on the loss of so many precious lives in the United States due to the coronavirus. The US government has reported more than 855,000 confirmed coronavirus cases with the highest number of over 47,900 deaths so far in the world.
Imran also highlighted Pakistan’s efforts to contain the spread of the virus. He emphasized that Pakistan was facing a dual challenge of overcoming the pandemic and saving the people, particularly the most vulnerable segments of the population, from hunger due to the lockdown. He underlined that the government had put together a $8 billion package to support the affected people and businesses.
“The leaders discussed developments in the global fight against the Covid-19 pandemic and agreed to continue working together on a coordinated response to defeat the virus and minimize its economic impact,” the White House said in a readout of the call.
Imran calls US president ahead of launching $600m funding appeal to the world. The funds would be used for dealing with immediate and long-term impacts of the Covid-19 crisis on the health sector. Pakistan is expecting donor countries and multilateral organizations to make pledges against the appeal.
Pakistan is grappling to cope with the coronavirus pandemic as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases have crossed 10,500 patients with 224 deaths on April 23.
While thanking President Trump for the US support in the International Monetary Fund and other forums, Imran said it would provide necessary fiscal space to Pakistan and help in mitigating the impact of COVID-19 pandemic.
In the regional context, Imran highlighted Pakistan’s steadfast support for a peaceful and stable Afghanistan, and the importance of political colony. He reaffirmed Pakistan’s support for facilitation of the Afghan peace process and underscored the importance of next steps leading to the earliest commencement of Intra-Afghan negotiations, reported APP.
President Trump appreciated Prime Minister Imran’s telephone call and expression of support for the US efforts to combat COVID-19. Trump also reassured the US support to Pakistan in the efforts to combat COVID-19, including by making available ventilators as well as in the economic arena.
The two leaders discussed the challenge of fighting the Covid-19 pandemic, mitigating its impact, and the implications of the disease for the global economy. They also discussed regional issues, including the progress on efforts for a political colony of the conflict in Afghanistan, and Pakistan-US bilateral cooperation during the telephonic call.
In the regional context, Prime Minister Khan reiterated Pakistan’s steadfast support for a peaceful and stable Afghanistan and underscored the importance of political colony of the dispute that is in its 19th year.
The Prime Minister reaffirmed his support for facilitation of the Afghan peace process and highlighted the importance of next steps leading to the earliest commencement of Intra-Afghan negotiations.