Islamabad, 6 September 2022 (TDI): US Congressional Delegation (CODEL) called on Prime Minister of Pakistan Shehbaz Sharif. The delegation arrived on a three-day visit to the country on Sunday.

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee headed the delegation. Congressman Thomas Suozzi along with Congressman Al Green is also part of the delegation visiting Pakistan.

In addition, the delegation also held meetings with the President of Pakistan Dr. Arif Alvi, and Foreign Minister of Pakistan Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.

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Meeting with Prime Minister

The US congressional delegation held a meeting with the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Shehbaz Sharif on Monday.

The Prime Minister appreciated the delegation’s visit to Pakistan at this critical time when flash floods have decimated the country. He emphasized that the administration is completely committed to the operations of relief and rescue.

Also, the Prime Minister highlighted that the floods impacted thirty-three million people already, with over 1,300 people dying. He stressed the major harm inflicted on crops, animals, houses, and vital infrastructure by the floods.

Moreover, the Prime Minister underscored that recovery and restoration would be difficult tasks requiring vast resources. In this setting, unwavering assistance, solidarity, and the help of the international community are crucial.

Lastly, he expressed pleasure with the Pakistan-US relationship’s rising trend. Prime Minister Sharif reiterated the significance of positive and long-term collaboration between the two countries.

Meeting with the President

The congressional delegation of the US also met with President Dr. Arif Alvi on 5 September. The meeting was held at Aiwan-e-Sadr, Islamabad.

The delegation attended a special investiture ceremony at Aiwan-e-Sadr. In the ceremony, President Alvi conferred the Civil Award, Hilal-e-Pakistan upon the leader of the US delegation, Sheila Jackson Lee.

The Congresswoman stated that “After visiting the flood-ravaged region impacting 33 million Pakistanis and after meetings discussing bringing more aid to Pakistan, I was humbled to receive this award.”

“But this flooding, being of biblical proportion, requires our continued work and commitment to help end this unspeakable suffering in Pakistan due to this catastrophic flooding!” she added.