Samarkand: Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif flew on a “satisfactory note” from Samarkand on Friday after finishing his two-day go to to Uzbekistan to attend the Council of Heads of State (CHS) assembly of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).
Following the conclusion of his go to to Uzbekistan, the Prime Minister tweeted concerning the end result of his go to, the place he met with the leaders of the member international locations.
“Leaving Samarkand on a satisfactory note. Now there is a renewed awareness of the potential threat of climate change. SCO countries understand that it is capable of reversing all our material development and pushing us back decades. For a united front All the more reason,” PM Shahbaz tweeted after completing his visit for the high level meeting.
PM Shahbaz urges to ‘build a wall’ against climate change
Earlier today, PM Shahbaz called on Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member states to “build a wall” against climate change as Pakistan deals with the devastation caused by torrential rains that have affected more than 30 million people And more than 1,500 people have died.
The Prime Minister made the appeal while addressing the Council of Heads of State (CHS) of the SCO today as he spoke about the environment, peace and security in Afghanistan and economic coordination between nations.
PM Shahbaz, along with leaders of the eight-member SCO, attended the meeting of the Council of Heads of States at the Congress Centre, where he was received by Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping, President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi also participated in the session. .
Speaking about the devastation caused by the floods, the Pakistani Prime Minister said that the country is paying the price of climate change.
“The devastating floods in Pakistan are certainly driven by climate change. It is the result of climate change, cloudbursts and unprecedented rainfall, coupled with the rolling down of mountain streams. All of this together makes Pakistan look like a sea of water. ,” stated the PM.
Emphasizing that they’ve “by no means seen such devastation earlier than”, he said that the SCO should plan well for the generations to come.
PM Shahbaz said that the disaster has damaged the houses as well as the crops. He said that people are also facing diseases in the flood affected areas. He expressed hope that the country will recover from this situation.
The Prime Minister also expressed his gratitude to the members of the SCO who supported Pakistan in this hour of need.
Highlighting Pakistan’s stand and approach on regional cooperation, especially in the wake of emerging global challenges, the Prime Minister cautioned against leaving Afghanistan again.
“Pakistan is a neighboring nation of Afghanistan, and peace in Afghanistan will guarantee peace in Pakistan,” he said at the summit, adding that “it could be a giant mistake if we ignore Afghanistan this time”.
The Prime Minister said that the world needs to work collectively to support all good initiatives for its people in Afghanistan.
Prime Minister Shahbaz said that strengthening Afghanistan in the area of security and counter-terrorism should run parallel to the support of the SCO to the Afghan people in the socio-economic sphere.
The Prime Minister urged the international community to support efforts to build a sustainable Afghan economy and free up its financial assets.
PM Shahbaz said that Pakistan itself has been a victim of terrorism and the country has made great sacrifices in defeating terrorism.
He urged the members of the SCO to join hands together in the fight against the menace of terrorism, extremism and separatism.
He also reaffirmed Pakistan’s determination in furthering the objectives of the SCO.
gas talks with Putin
The Prime Minister met Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the SCO summit, where the North-South gas pipeline was discussed.
The Russian president said that a pipeline to supply gas to Pakistan is possible, and that part of the necessary infrastructure is already in place.
President Putin said he was delighted to meet PM Shahbaz as he warmly remembered his working meetings with his brother (Nawaz Sharif), whom he met during the SCO meetings in Kazakhstan and Bashkiria, Russia.
Putin said he would like to note that he sees Pakistan as a priority partner in Southeast Asia and across Asia. He said that the relations between the two countries are developing completely positive and he is happy about it.
“I would like to begin my meeting by expressing my condolences on the loss of life and property due to natural calamities, unprecedented floods in Pakistan. For our part, we are ready to help your people. We have sent necessary humanitarian aid there, and we stand ready to help you provide assistance to the flood victims,” President Putin stated.