ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Thursday thanked US Vice President Joe Biden for drawing attention to the need for swift action in the aftermath of severe floods in Pakistan.
“Thank you President Joe Biden for bringing attention to the plight of the flood victims in Pakistan and urging the world to act immediately,” he wrote on his Twitter account.
“My country is facing the ravages of a flood that has never happened before.”
The Prime Minister said that when the stranded women and children need help, there is a need to focus on international help.
In another tweet, he said that on the second day of the United Nations General Assembly, he spoke to top officials of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank about providing flood recovery funds through the country’s current programs.
“When I met with other world leaders, we talked about floods, climate change and helping flood victims get back on their feet,” he said.
On Thursday, Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif met UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. He talked about many different things.
The two leaders met in favor of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly, which is currently underway.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif met European Union President Ursula von der Leyen here on Thursday. They talked about things that were important to both of them.
According to the media wing of the Prime Minister’s Office, the meeting took place during the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly.
The EU president wrote in a tweet, “I told the Prime Minister of Pakistan @CMShehbaz that I am sorry for those hurt by the terrible floods. The @EU Commission is on your side. We look forward to a new humanitarian approach in the coming weeks.” Will help the people of Pakistan with the help.”
Also, on Thursday, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif thanked Angelina Jolie, who is in Pakistan as the UN Special Envoy, for her “empathy and compassion” for showing support for those affected by the floods.
“Pakistan thanks UN Special Envoy Angelina Jolie and other unsung heroes for speaking up for the millions whose lives and livelihoods have been destroyed by flood waters,” he said in a tweet.
“We will always remember his kindness and care for the victims,” the prime minister said.
Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie visited flood-hit areas and asked the rest of the world to do more to help millions of people in distress in flood-hit areas of Pakistan.
During her Wednesday visit to the National Flood Response Coordination Center (NFRCC), Jolie said she had never seen a disaster like this.
Mufti Menak, a well-known Islamic scholar and Turkish actor Selal Al, also visited areas of Pakistan that were affected by the floods and helped families who had lost everything.
On Wednesday, Prime Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said the government would subsidize manufacturers of Panadol and Paracetamol to make it cheaper for people to buy.
The Prime Minister was in charge of a Zoom meeting of government officials concerned to examine the progress of flood relief and recovery efforts in the areas of Pakistan affected by the floods.
In his speech, the Prime Minister said that he met the President of the World Bank and the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund today and spoke deeply about the floods in Pakistan. He said he was sorry for the deaths and promised to help and support Pakistan in every way possible, he said.
The prime minister said he had warned that millions of poor children were not getting enough food and could get sick from things like diarrhoea.
He said that the flood has caused a lot of damage and the people of Pakistan do not have enough money to deal with it. He called on the rest of the world, international organizations like WB and IMF and other friendly countries to help them and give the flood victims the relief they need.
Finance Minister Miftah Ismail, Information Minister Maryam Aurangzeb, Adviser to the Prime Minister Ahad Cheema and other high level officials were present in the meeting.
The Prime Minister is currently in New York to attend the High Level General Debate of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA77), which will take place from September 20 to 26.
The Prime Minister saw how food, tents and medicines were being sent to the affected areas.
He asked the people in charge to utilize all their resources to reach essential food, especially baby food, to the affected areas at the earliest.
The Prime Minister also observed how roads, rails, bridges and other infrastructure were being repaired after being damaged by the floods. He called on federal and provincial departments to expedite their work to fix them so that they could be used as quickly as possible.
The Prime Minister also told Ehsan Iqbal that he was glad that the Islamabad High Court did not find him guilty in the NAB case.
The Prime Minister said that this is good news and regretted that the previous government had used witchcraft behind its opponents and tried to implicate them in false cases in strange ways.
Also, Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif will make his first appearance on the world stage while addressing the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly on Friday. He will talk about the huge damage caused by deadly floods caused by climate change and seek international help to deal with the disaster.
The Pakistani leader is the 12th person to speak at the high-level debate of the 193-member assembly, which is in its fourth day and includes around 140 world leaders. This is the first in-person meeting of the Assembly since the COVID-19 pandemic.
During his meetings with his counterparts from other countries, Prime Minister Sharif is telling them about the floods that have hit a third of Pakistan and caused great damage to people, buildings, animals and crops.
“Pakistan is passing through a difficult phase and the damage caused by the floods, which is obvious to all, requires serious attention,” he said in a video statement released on Wednesday.
Some world leaders have responded by making very emotional pleas for the rest of the world to help Pakistan.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who visited Pakistan earlier this month to show support, began the debate on Tuesday by telling world leaders that Pakistan was “not only drowning in floodwaters, but also in debt”. Is.”
In a private meeting with world leaders on Wednesday to talk about climate change, the UN chief said, “We have all seen horrific pictures from Pakistan. It’s only at 1.2 degrees of global warming, and we’re headed towards more than 3 degrees.”
And on Wednesday, US President Joe Biden told the General Assembly, “Pakistan is still under water and needs help.”
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed his condolences, saying, “We would like to call on the rest of the world to help the people of Pakistan during this most unfortunate and painful time.”
Similarly, many other world leaders have spoken about the floods in Pakistan.
After Guterres traveled to Pakistan, the United Nations sent a $160 million “flash appeal” to help Pakistan deal with the early stages of the disaster. It has not yet been fully funded.
In his speech, the prime minister will also talk about how important it is to resolve the Kashmir dispute, one of the oldest issues on the Security Council’s agenda, and restore Pakistan’s principled position on the matter.
This year’s UNGA is taking place in the backdrop of several different crises that are all intertwined. Conflict, climate change and COVID-19 have made poverty, hunger and inequality worse around the world, especially among the most vulnerable groups. – Applications