US Ambassador to Pakistan Donald Blome, during his three-day visit to Karachi, held meetings with ministers, government officials, and businessmen to further strengthen the robust economic partnership and bilateral trade between Pakistan and the United States.
During his stay in Karachi from August 10-12, Ambassador Blome met with the Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs, the Chief Ministers of Balochistan and Sindh, the Administrator of Karachi, the Commander of Pakistan Navy Pakistan Fleet (COMPAK), government officials, financial and business leaders, trade and energy executives, and other business and commercial representatives.
The ambassador visited Port Qasim and met with Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs Faisal Subzwari. Donald Blome expressed interest in how the US can work with Pakistan to develop more linkages with American port and maritime institutions.
In the Ambassador’s meetings with Chief Minister Balochistan Abdul Quddus Bizenjo and Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah, he discussed political, economic, and security matters, as well as the ongoing relief efforts to address the tragic impact of the recent floods in both provinces.
Ambassador Blome announced, during his meeting with the Chief Minister Sindh, that United States would provide an additional grant of $1 million to build the resilience of agricultural communities in Sindh, and support Pakistan’s disaster management authorities in Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Gilgit-Baltistan to better respond to future disasters. The US envoy and Administrator Karachi Murtaza Wahab discussed the impact of flooding and other challenges in the city, as well as opportunities for growth including in the information technology sector.
During his meeting with COMPAK Vice Admiral Ovais Bilgrami, Donald Blome further discussed relief efforts in flood-stricken areas and affirmed the importance of the US-Pakistan military relationship and the desire to strengthen and expand our ongoing security cooperation.—APP