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USAID Administrator called on Pakistan’s Prime Minister


Islamabad, 10 September 2022 (TDI): The Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Samantha Power, called on the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Shehbaz Sharif.

USAID Administrator Samantha Power was visiting Pakistan to assess the scale of the flood-related disasters in the country. She completed her two-day visit to the country yesterday.

Moreover, Prime Minister thanked the Administrator of USAID for the continued assistance of the United States to the flood victims.

Prime Minister’s Statement

The Prime Minister stated that the visit of the USAID Administrator at this crucial time, when the country is dealing with the early aftermath of catastrophic floods, demonstrates the United States government’s sympathy for the people of Pakistan.

Also, PM Shehbaz Sharif informed the administrator of the damage in Pakistan. It includes several deaths of over 1300 persons, over 33 million displaced people, 4 million acres of crops devastated, 800,000 cattle killed, entire communities and businesses ruined, and infrastructural damages.

Furthermore, he explained that while the government authorities used all accessible resources for evacuation and emergency relief activities, food shortages and recovery would remain key issues.

The Prime Minister emphasized that due to the sheer enormity and severity of the calamity, Islamabad was incapable of tackling the immediate or long-term difficulties by itself.

He stressed the importance of sustained international cooperation, solidarity, and help, and he requested US assistance in rallying the international community.

The Prime Minister stressed that Pakistan aspires to rebuild in a climate-resilient way. Pakistan needs foreign experience, technical help, finance, and dependable environmental funding to attain this goal.

He stated that climate change is humankind’s common issue, emphasizing the importance of joint work in this domain.

USAID Administrator’s Response

Samantha Power, Administrator of USAID, extended her sympathy to those who have lost family members in the flooding tragedy. She told the Prime Minister that USAID had increased economic support by $20 million, bringing the total amount to $51 million.

Samantha Power vowed that the United States administration remains dedicated and committed to assisting Pakistan in these challenging conditions.


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