FM Bilawal expected to meet US counterpart this week
Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari will attend a two-day conference on “Global Food Security” at the UN headquarters in New York this week and will likely to meet with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will preside over the 2-day conference on May 18 and 19 to discuss the food crisis caused by the Russian war in Ukraine, a major source of food supply to some countries in Africa and the Middle East.
Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari will arrive in New York on May 17 and address the first session of the Conference on Malnutrition at the UN Headquarters on May 18 and attend the second session of the Security Council on May 19.
Bilawal Bhutto likely to have a direct meeting with Antony Blinken on the sidelines of the conference.
Pakistani officials at the United Nations are facilitating the foreign minister’s engagements at the Food Security Conference, while the embassy in Washington is working on a forthcoming bilateral meeting.
The Pakistani Mission to the United Nations is assisting the Foreign Minister in his engagements at the Food Security Conference, while the Pakistani Embassy in Washington is engaged in an expected meeting between the two figures.
Earlier on Thursday, the Secretary of State had given a virtual address to the ‘Covid-19 Summit’ at the White House and said that the United States had been very generous in providing 62 million vaccines to Pakistan.
He highlighted the need for Pakistan to maintain balanced relations with the two major world powers, the United States and China, and said that China has always been a great help to Pakistan.
Pakistan’s decision to attend the conference, which is being held to highlight the effects of the Russian invasion on food supplies around the world, signals a departure from the policies of former Prime Minister Imran Khan.