Prime Minister Imran Khan in a telephonic conversation with US President Donald Trump thanked him for his country’s support in the IMF and other fora, saying it would provide necessary fiscal space to Pakistan and help in mitigating the COVID-19. COVID-impact.
On Wednesday, the two leaders addressed COVID-19 related pandemic threats, their impacts for the global economy and ways to minimize their effects. They also exchanged views on regional issues and further improved cooperation between Pakistan and the US. President Trump appreciated the phone call and show of support from Imran Khan for US efforts to counter COVID-19.
He also informed Pakistan of US help in the fight against COVID-19, including through the provision of ventilators and assistance in the economic arena. Having heard of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s testing, President Trump agreed to give the Prime Minister the new COVID-19 rapid testing unit. The prime minister expressed his respect for the gesture.
Imran Khan expressed sympathy and condolences over the loss of so many precious lives in the US as a result of coronavirus. He also agitated the efforts by Pakistan to curb the spread of the virus. He stressed that Pakistan faced a dual challenge to overcome the pandemic and save people from hunger due to lockdown, particularly the most vulnerable segments of the population. He explained that the government had put together an 8-billion-dollar plan to help the citizens and businesses affected.
While thanking President Trump for helping the US at the IMF and other fora, Prime Minister Imran Khan said it would provide Pakistan with the requisite fiscal space and help mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the same context, the call by the Prime Minister for “Global Debt Relief Initiative” for the developing countries. Imran Khan highlighted Pakistan’s steadfast support for a peaceful and stable Afghanistan, and the importance of political settlement in the regional context. He reaffirmed Pakistan’s support for promoting the Afghan peace process and highlighted the importance of following measures leading to the earliest start of intra-Afghan negotiations.