Pakistan’s Bilateral Engagements
Tuesday marked the start of Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-seven-day Zardari’s trip to New York, where he will meet with international leaders at the UN’s headquarters and with top US officials in Washington.
The foreign minister’s office said in a statement released following his departure from Islamabad that “the foreign minister’s programme includes various international and bilateral engagements in New York and Washington.”
Bilawal Hosts G-77 Bilateral Summit
The foreign minister will host and preside over the ministerial conference of the G-77 and China, the largest negotiating group of developing nations within the UN system, during his six-day visit in New York.
During his visit to New York, Mr. Bhutto-Zardari will also have a meeting with Antonio Guterres, the UN Secretary General. He will take part in a discussion on “Maintenance of International Peace and Security: New Orientation for Reformed Multilateralism” at the UN Security Council on December 14.
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On December 19, the minister will fly to Washington, D.C., where he will meet with top congressional representatives, government officials, businesses who are Pakistani Americans, and local residents. He will interact with the media and think tanks as well.
Impact of Climate Change on Pakistan
He will discuss climate change from Pakistan’s point of view and the enormous harm caused by climate-related floods in Pakistan, according to the Foreign Office.
In his final capacity as G77 chair, Pakistan’s foreign minister will preside over a ministerial meeting of the group on development at the UN. In January 2021, Islamabad took over as the group’s leader; the G77 and China will be led by Cuba and China, respectively, in 2023.