Shehbaz scheduled to meet with US president Joe Biden, other world leaders; will apprise of floods, Kashmir in UNGA sideline meetings n FM Bilawal will also hold meetings with number of his counterparts, chairs G-77, China Annual Meeting of FMs.

ISLAMABAD   -   Prime Minister Sheh­baz Sharif will address the UN General Assem­bly on 23rd September in which he will focus on the challenge faced by Pakistan in the wake of the recent climate-in­duced catastrophic floods in the country.

He will outline con­crete proposals for col­lectively tackling the existential threat posed by climate change.

He will also share Pa­kistan’s position and perspective on region­al and global issues of concern, including Jam­mu and Kashmir, which is one of the long-stand­ing unresolved disputes on the UN agenda. 

The PM will take up the flood situation and Kashmir issue in his meetings on the side­lines of the 77th Unit­ed Nations General As­sembly (UNGA) session.

He will also meet US President Joe Biden during his five-day vis­it among meetings with other world leaders.

In a communiqué, the Foreign Office said the premier will hold a num­ber of meetings with some of his counterparts besides interacting with 

 the heads of the Internation­al Monetary Fund, and the World Bank. The crucial meet­ing between PM Shehbaz and Joe Biden will be the first offi­cial interaction between Islam­abad and Washington as the lat­ter never called or met former prime minister Imran Khan.

Sharif is presently in the Unit­ed Kingdom to represent Pa­kistan at the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II in London today (September 19) and will then fly to New York to partici­pate in the UN General Assem­bly session beginning from Sep­tember 20. He will also hold meetings with the heads of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank (WB).

Pakistan is seeking help from close allies to overcome its fi­nancial woes. Last month, the IMF approved a $ 1.1 billion bailout package for Pakistan.

The IMF has approved the disbursement of more than $1.1 billion to Pakistan, reviv­ing a stalled $ 7 billion assis­tance package expected to help stave off default despite a se­vere economic crunch and dev­astating floods.

Officials said that among oth­er issues, the PM would also highlight the issue of floods and climate change that triggered unprecedented rains in Paki­stan that have so far killed over 1,400 people. On the sidelines of the UNGA session, the prime minister will participate in the Global Food Security Summit, jointly organised by the Afri­can Union, European Union and the United States, and a closed-door leaders gathering on COP-27 bringing together select world leaders to discuss cli­mate change.

Prime Minister Sharif along with Foreign Minister Bilaw­al Bhutto will attend the dinner reception hosted by President Biden for the heads of state and government.

FM BILAWAL ARRIVES IN NEW YORK:

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto has arrived in New York to attend the UNGA session along with the prime minister. The prime minister will be accompanied by the Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhu­tto Zardari, other members of the Cabinet and senior officials from the foreign office.

These will be important plat­forms to deliberate on effective measures required at the glob­al level for addressing the most pressing challenges confront­ing the international communi­ty today.

Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhu­tto Zardari will also have an ex­tensive programme, attending various high-level meetings and events, bilateral meetings with a number of his counterparts, media and think-tank interac­tions, besides chairing G-77 and China Annual Meeting of For­eign Ministers, OIC Annual Co­ordination Meeting of Foreign Ministers, and participation in the meeting of the OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir.

“Centre of multilateralism, the United Nations is the most vi­tal international body, promot­ing international peace and se­curity, development and human rights, and providing the foun­dations of a stable and sustain­able world order.”, foreign office spokesman Asim Iftikhar said in an official statement.

Currently, Prime Minister She­hbaz Sharif is in London to at­tend the state funeral of late Queen Elizabeth II.

According to Foreign Office, the Prime Minister will repre­sent Pakistan at the state funer­al of late Queen Elizabeth II in London today.

Later, he will leave for the United States to participate in the 77th Session of the UN Gen­eral Assembly, beginning in New York from Monday.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Shar­if Sunday here attended a recep­tion hosted by King Charles III at Buckingham Palace for dig­nitaries from around the world. The prime minister is among the heads of states and dignitar­ies who are in London to attend the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on Monday.