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US State Department official says visit to Pakistan was productive

Proud of leading interagency delegation, discussed $53.1mn pledge in humanitarian assistance, disaster resilience, Chollet

United States (US) State Department Counselor Derek Chollet has said that his three days visit to Pakistan was very productive.

In his tweet, Derek said he was proud of leading an interagency delegation to Pakistan. He also said that he was able to discuss the pledge of $53.1 million for Pakistan in humanitarian assistance and disaster resilience.

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US Embassy has also issued a statement after Chollet’s visit saying that the two countries had a robust partnership based on decades of bilateral cooperation.

The US delegation met Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif. The meeting discussed the strengthening of Pak-US bilateral relations including trade and investment, climate and health.

Chollet also met the finance minister Miftah Ismail. Pakistan’s economic potential was discussed in the meeting. US officials emphasized the existing commercial ties between the two countries saying that the bilateral trade between the two countries had reached $9 billion in the last year.

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Chollet and senior US government officials’ delegation from the Department of State, Department of Defence, US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the White House National Security Council visited Islamabad and Karachi from Sept 7 to 9 where they met senior government officials, civil society members and private sector leaders.

The US official also met the Chief Minister of Sindh Murad Ali Shah. Sindh’s current condition including devastation by floods was discussed.



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