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US secretary of state telephones FM Bilawal

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke by phone with his Pakistani counterpart Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari on the Pakistani economy and Afghanistan-related issues.

Secretary Blinken underlined a “productive US-Pakistan partnership” in a phone chat with FM Bilawal, according to State Department spokeswoman Matthew Miller.

The secretary and foreign minister also discussed the destabilizing impact of Russia’s assault on Ukraine, as well as the common interest of the United States and Pakistan in a peaceful and stable Afghanistan.

During the call with FM Bilawal, Secretary Blinken emphasized the US’s unwavering commitment to the people of Pakistan, emphasizing that Pakistan’s economic growth remains a key priority for the US.

The secretary stated that the United States would continue to engage with Pakistan through technical and development projects, as well as through our strong trade and investment connections.

He also applauded the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) acceptance of a program to assist Pakistan and urged the continuation of reforms to foster economic growth and prosperity.

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