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Pakistan PM Khan discusses climate change with UK’s Prince Charles

Both agreed for greater global cooperation on climate change and protecting the environment

Prime Minister Imran Khan held a telephonic conversation with HRH Prince Charles, Prince of Wales on October 26. They reaffirmed the close bonds between commonwealth nations with the 1.6 million Pakistani diaspora at the heart of the relationship.

The two leaders exchanged views on the upcoming United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP-26) starting from October 31 in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

They agreed on the need for greater global cooperation on Climate Change and protecting the environment. 

PM Khan appreciated the leading role being played by the United Kingdom as the President of COP-26 and hoped that the COP would help translate political commitments into tangible actions and to put in place ambitious, practical, and effective climate action. He also underscored that every nation must play its due role in combating climate change, in accordance with the principles of equity and ‘common but differentiated responsibilities.’

HRH The Prince of Wales congratulated Prime Minister Khan on Pakistan’s example on tackling climate change including the 10 billion tree tsunami initiative.

PM Khan briefed the Prince of Wales about Pakistan’s climate change agenda consisting of landmark initiatives including the 10 billion tree plantation, Protected Areas Initiative and Recharge Pakistan initiatives, and policies that support the use of electric vehicles and renewable rnergy Policies.

They also discussed the Afghanistan situation. Reiterating the international community’s desire to see stability in Afghanistan, The Prince of Wales also noted Pakistan’s key role in the region.

PM Khan underscored Pakistan’s interest in a stable and peaceful Afghanistan and stressed the need to provide urgently needed humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan to avert economic meltdown and sufferings of common people, especially at the outset of the winter season.

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