Tuesday, December 13, 2022
Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari will undertake an official visit to the United States from December 14 to 21 where he is expected to hold meetings with the United Nations chief and chair a meeting of G-77 conference.
The minister’s programme includes multiple multilateral and bilateral engagements in New York and Washington DC.
On December 15 to 16, the foreign minister will be in New York where he will host and chair the Ministerial Conference of the G-77 and China - the largest negotiating bloc of developing countries within the UN system. The agenda of the conference includes a discussion on multiple challenges facing developing countries in attaining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, climate-induced disasters and geopolitical developments.
Pakistan's top diplomat will also meet with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and participate in a high-level debate at the UN Security Council on “Maintenance of International Peace and Security: New Orientation for Reformed Multilateralism”.
The foreign minister will then travel to Washington DC on December 19 where he will hold meetings with high-level government officials, congressional leaders, Pakistani-American businessmen, and community members. He will also engage with think-tanks and the media.
During his official meetings, bilateral and regional issues of mutual interest will be discussed to carry forward the momentum in Pakistan-US bilateral relations, particularly in areas of trade, investment, climate resilience and economic development.
Bilawal will also share Pakistan’s perspective on climate change, and sensitise his interlocutors on the colossal damage inflicted by climate-induced floods in the country and the post-flood reconstruction and rehabilitation plan of the Government of Pakistan.