Islamabad/Baku, 7 September 2022 (TDI): Ilham Heydar Aliyev, President of Azerbaijan, and Prime Minister of Pakistan, Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif spoke via phone today.

During the telephonic conversation, Prime Minister, Shehbaz Sharif, conveyed his gratitude to Azerbaijan for the humanitarian and relief aid given to those impacted by the floods in Pakistan.

In the same vein, the Prime Minister thanked Azerbaijan for its $2 million donation and mentioned that Pakistan had been suffering from one of the worst bouts of rainy monsoon weather.

Consequently, it caused significant infrastructure damage as well as loss of life and livelihood. As a result, there were relatively few resources available to provide aid and relocate flood victims.

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Along these lines, the Prime Minister also emphasized his commitment to continue advancing and extending energy cooperation with Azerbaijan.

Floods in Pakistan

Extreme monsoon rains have been hitting Pakistan since mid-June 2022, causing the worst flooding the nation has experienced in ten years.

More than 33 million people have been impacted by floods, and more than 1 million homes have been demolished or damaged, according to Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).

Floodwaters covered tens of thousands of square kilometers of the country, killing at least 1,100 people. The Indus River saw the worst floods in the provinces of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan, and Sindh.

Balochistan and Sindh have already experienced rainfall in the summer monsoon rains that are five to six times higher than the 30-year average.

3,500 kilometers of roads and 150 bridges have been devastated nationwide. 2 million acres of crops and orchards, as well as more than 700,000 animals, have been destroyed.

Pakistan-Azerbaijan Ties

It is worth mentioning that, at international forums such as the United Nations (UN), Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), as well as Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO), Pakistan and Azerbaijan collaborate with one another.

Moreover, Azerbaijan is an essential participant in the OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir. The people of the two countries also hold close ties because of shared religion, connections across cultures, as well as extensive historical links.