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PM hopes for France’s contribution to rehabilitation, reconstruction of flood-hit areas

NEW YORK, Sep 20 (APP): Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Tuesday met with French President Emmanuel Macron and expressed gratitude for solidarity and support for the flood-affected people and for sending timely assistance of tents, water pumps and a team of doctors and nurses.

During the meeting held on the sidelines of the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) here, the prime minister hoped that France would also contribute to the government’s efforts in the rehabilitation and reconstruction phase.

The prime minister apprised the French president of the devastation caused by the massive climate-induced floods across Pakistan and the government’s steps to address the dire situation.

PM hopes for France's contribution to rehabilitation, reconstruction of flood-hit areas

He added that despite having a negligible contribution to global carbon footprint, Pakistan was among the most vulnerable to its devastation as manifested in the unprecedented floods.

He stressed that climate change was a potential area of cooperation between the two countries and for collective global action.

The two leaders reviewed bilateral relations and exchanged views on regional and international issues.

Prime Minister Shehbaz reaffirmed the high importance Pakistan attached to its long-standing friendly relations with France, both bilaterally and in the context of European Union.

PM hopes for France's contribution to rehabilitation, reconstruction of flood-hit areas

He stressed the importance of further strengthening the bilateral relations across a range of areas including trade and investment, energy, agriculture, IT, defence and security, and higher education.

The prime minister also thanked France for its support for GSP+ scheme, noting that it served to enhance trade and economic ties with EU as well as France.

The two leaders agreed to closely work together to identify ways and means to support Pakistan in its efforts to come out of this formidable challenge and build back a resilient infrastructure with the help of international support.

The two leaders agreed to remain in close contact.

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