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U.S. Congressional Delegation Calls on the Prime Minister

Islamabad: A U.S. Congressional delegation (CODEL) led by Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee called on Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif today. Apart from Congresswoman Lee, the delegation included Congressman Thomas Souzzi and Congressman Al Green.
While appreciating the delegation’s visit to Pakistan at a critical juncture when flash floods have ravaged the country, the Prime Minister underlined that the government was fully engaged in the rescue and relief efforts. The Prime Minister added that over 33 million had been affected; more than 1,300 human lives lost; and extensive damage was caused to agriculture, livestock, property, and critical infrastructure. The Prime Minister underscored that rehabilitation and reconstruction would pose serious challenges and entail commitment of enormous resources. Continued support, solidarity and assistance from the international community was critical in this context.
Expressing satisfaction at the upward trajectory in the Pakistan-US relationship, Prime Minister Sharif underlined the need for a constructive and sustained engagement between the two countries, based on mutual respect, trust and understanding.

The Prime Minister underscored that despite being one of the lowest emitters of carbon emissions, Pakistan was facing the brunt of climate catastrophe. He stressed that the developed countries must step up their climate ambition, including towards the provision of predictable climate finance for mitigating the adverse impacts of climate change in the developing world.
The Prime Minister appreciated for the flood relief assistance being provided by the U.S. He added that the Congressional delegation’s visit would help enhance global awareness of the scale of destruction caused by the super floods in Pakistan and mobilize greater support.
The 3-member Congressional delegation is visiting Pakistan from 4-6 September 2022. The delegation visited Sindh to witness the extent of the damage and human suffering and held meetings with key stakeholders to explore ways and means to assist Pakistan in its recovery efforts in a sustained manner.
Congresswoman Lee, while sharing her deepest sympathies for the flood victims particularly those who had lost loved ones, lauded efforts of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and expressed the hope that the Pakistani nation will deal with this calamity with resilience and resolve. She affirmed that the U.S. Congress and Administration would stand by Pakistan in the wake of this colossal challenge and extend critical support to help them mitigate the sufferings of the affected people and rebuild their lives and communities.