Islamabad, 25 July 2022 (TDI): A four-member delegation of Pakistan led by the Federal Minister of National Health Services, Regulations, and Coordination, Abdul Qadir Patel, has arrived in Washington D.C. to participate in the first-ever US-Pakistan Health Dialogue.

The Ambassador of Pakistan to the US, Masood Khan, and other Pakistan Embassy officials will join the delegation.

On 25 July, the United States will host the delegation at the US State Department. Both sides will be carrying out discussions on a comprehensive agenda to strengthen bilateral cooperation in the health sector.

The Health Ministry officials and experts from Pakistan will also participate virtually in different sessions.

Issues to be discussed: 

The participants will discuss the following important issues in the seven sessions of the Health dialogue:

  • Establishing a Pakistani Center for Disease Control (CDC)
  • Global health security
  • Childhood immunizations
  • COVID-19 engagement
  • Regulatory engagements
  • Maternal and child health
  • Non-communicable diseases

The Health Dialogue is an example of the close ties between the United States and Pakistan and a befitting way to celebrate the important milestone of the 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations between both countries.

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Pakistan-US relations: 

Pakistan-U.S. relations date back to the foundation of Pakistan in 1947. The founder of Pakistan, Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, received a congratulations letter from President Harry Truman in the first high-level communication between the two nations on Pakistan’s “emergence among the family of nations.”

Formal diplomatic relations between Pakistan were established on August 15, 1947.

In the 70 years since that historic day, Pakistan and the United States have developed a multidimensional and wide-ranging relationship, fueled by collaboration in fields ranging from education to energy, defense to trade, and investment.

This collaboration is founded on shared values and a common interest in regional and strategic issues.