Bilawal, Blinken discuss economy, Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken discussed Pakistan’s economic situation and matters related to Afghanistan on Tuesday.

In a telephonic conversation, Secretary Blinken lauded sacrifices rendered by Pakistan in war against terrorism. He also reaffirmed United States’ commitment to continued partnership with Pakistan on counterterrorism.

Foreign Minister Bilawal and his US counterpart also discussed the destablizing effects of Russia’s war against Ukraine as well as both sides shared interest in a peaceful and stable Afghanistan.

Blinken also took to Twitter about his conversation with Foreign Minister Bilawal. He tweeted: “The United States supports a productive, democratic, and prosperous partnership with Pakistan.”

In a statement released by State Department Spokesperson Matthew Miller, Blinken said Pakistan’s economic success remains a top priority for the US. He expressed hope that International Monetary Fund (IMF) program would help usher in economic reforms and recovery.

Blinken also underscored the need to enhance trade and investment ties between the two countries.

Secretary of State also stressed that democratic principles and respect for the rule of law are central to the US-Pakistan relationship and these values will continue to guide the partnership forward.

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