Prime Minister Imran Khan held a telephonic conversation with President of the United States, Donald Trump, a statement from the Foreign Ministry said.
Aisha Farooqui, the spokesperson of the Foreign Office said that the two dignitaries discussed the coronavirus pandemic that has killed over 0.175 million people across the world in less than 5 months.
Topics related to challenges faced by the international community, especially by the developing world, its implications on the global economy, and impact came into discussion.
Moreover, Prime Minister Khan conveyed condolences and sympathies on the loss of thousands of lives in the US due to the deadly virus, as well as highlighted Pakistan’s efforts to contain the disease.
The premier stressed how Pakistan is fighting a dual war, one against the pandemic and another against hunger and poverty. He highlighted that the government has announced an $8 billion stimulus for affected people and businesses.
Khan thanked President Trump for his support in the IMF and other forums and underlined how this would provide Pakistan a fiscal relief to mitigate the impact of the pandemic.
My call on the Global Initiative on Debt Relief for the developing countries is in the same context.
They also spoke about regional issues and ways to strengthen Pak-US cooperation. PM Khan assured President Trump of his full support in a peaceful political settlement in Afghanistan. He said that Pakistan is ready to facilitate the Afghan Peace Process and stressed the need for early commencement of intra-Afghan dialogues.
President Trump appreciated PM Khan’s telephone call and expression of sympathy on human losses and support for the US efforts to combat the coronavirus.
He said the US will support Pakistan in the testing time, by making available ventilators as well as in the economic field.
Upon learning about PM Imran Khan’s COVID-19 test, Trump offered to send the latest rapid testing machine to the premier. Khan thanked him for this gesture.