ISLAMABAD – Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari would meet his US counterpart Antony Blinken in New York on the sidelines of the UN general Assembly session later this month.
Diplomatic sources told The Nation that the meeting has been scheduled through diplomatic channels and this would be the third ministerial level contact between Pakistan and the United States since the change of the government in Pakistan in April this year.
Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto would be part of PM Shehbaz Sharif’s delegation to 77th UNGA session.
Bilawal Bhutto would also participate in the OIC contact group on Kashmir, which would be taking place on the sidelines of the UNGA in New York and would deliver a strong speech on the prevailing situation in IIOJK. FM Bilawal is also expected to meet his counterparts from many other countries for which time and dates are being organised through the Pakistan mission to the UN. Sources said there is no scheduled meeting between PM Shehbaz Sharif and US President Biden; however, PM Shehbaz would attend the dinner hosted by Joe Biden in honour of heads of governments and states attending the 77th UNGA. Pm Shehbaz Sharif along with his delegation would visit New York from 19th to 24th September to attend UNGA. PM Shehbaz Sharif would deliver his speech at UNGA on 23rd September for which all arrangements have been made and UN has intimated time for the speech to the Pakistan mission to the UN. Major focus of the meetings by both Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and FM Bilawal would be devastation faced by Pakistan due to floods.