Antony Blinken greets Bilawal Bhutto, vows to work together

Staff Writer

ISLAMABAD: Secretary of State Antony Blinken Friday invited newly appointed Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari to visit the US this month to attend the Global Food Security meeting, the Foreign Office said.

In his maiden telephone call, Secretary Blinken congratulated his Pakistani counterpart on the assumption of his office and expressed the desire to continue strengthening the mutually beneficial Pakistan-US bilateral relationship.

“An invitation was extended by the Secretary of State for Pakistan’s participation in the Ministerial meeting on Global Food Security to be held in New York on May 18, 2022,” read a statement issued by the Foreign Office.

Building on the Pakistan-US cooperation in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic during the last two years, Secretary Blinken also invited Pakistan to the Second Global COVID Summit to be held virtually later this month.

Exchanging views on various aspects of bilateral relations, Bilawal underscored that Pakistan and the US have a longstanding broad-based relationship.

He added that constructive and sustained engagement between the two countries based on mutual respect and mutual interest was vital to promote peace, development and security in the region and beyond.

The newly-appointed foreign minister emphasised that Pakistan’s vision was focused on human development, regional connectivity, and a peaceful neighbourhood.

Both the leaders agreed to remain in contact and enhance engagement on regional and global issues of mutual interest.

“This year marks the 75th anniversary of US-Pakistani relations and we look forward to strengthening our cooperation,” concluded the statement.