Islamabad, 30 September 2022 (TDI): The French Ambassador to Pakistan, Nicolas Galey called on the Minister of State, Hina Rabbani on Friday. During their meeting, the two highlighted bilateral relations between Pakistan and France.
MOS @HinaRKhar met the French Ambassador Nicolas Galey today to follow up on the decisions taken during PM’s meeting with President Macron at UNGA sidelines. She discussed bilateral cooperation and thanked the Amb for French Govt’s consistent assistance in aftermath of floods. pic.twitter.com/M86Aj4YIeD
— Spokesperson 🇵🇰 MoFA (@ForeignOfficePk) September 30, 2022
Moreover, the government’s representatives also discussed opportunities to further strengthen ties between both countries.
The French Ambassador also highlighted the recent meeting between the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Shehbaz Sharif, and the President of France, Emmanuel Macron.
He said that the meeting has helped promote a greater understanding of issues of mutual interest and to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries.
President @EmmanuelMacron and Prime Minister @CMShehbaz met yesterday on the sidelines of the 77th #UNGA.#France’s commitment to help #Pakistan to recover its economy and rebuild after the devastating #floods.
Press release from the French Presidency: https://t.co/HkbbohjI4S pic.twitter.com/TjfgXhNCLw
— France in Pakistan 🇫🇷🇪🇺 (@FranceinPak) September 21, 2022
It is noteworthy that the meeting between the two leaders took place in New York, on the sidelines of the 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.
during their meeting, both sides highlighted strengthening ties through trade, investment, agriculture, IT, defense, security, and higher education.
In response, the Minister of the State affirmed to speed up work on the decisions taken by the leaders during the meeting.
Moreover, Minister Hina also emphasized the reconciliation process in Afghanistan. She highlighted that the process should be led and owned by the Afghani population.
She also underlined the importance of the ISAF forces playing a greater role in checking cross-border incursions by miscreants.
International Security Assistance Force is a multinational military mission working in Afghanistan. They were active in Afghanistan from 2001 to 2014 under NATO.
Discussion on Floods
On the occasion, the Minister of State Hina took expressed her gratitude for the aid provided by France. She thanked the French Ambassador for assisting Pakistan during these critical times.
Furthermore, she expressed her hope to continue working together in order to deal with the aftermath of the floods. Owing to floods caused by heavy monsoon rains, Pakistan appealed to the International Community to help the country.
Accordingly, the President of France called for his country to gather as much aid as they could for the flood-stricken people.
French Humanitarian aid to Pakistan consisted of high-capacity water pumps, tents, and hygiene equipment. It also sent medical staff experts, particularly doctors and nurses to help the flood victims get access to medical support.