PM expresses gratitude to UAE, Turkish leadership

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Khayam Abbasi

ISLAMABAD, Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif on Sunday thanked United Arab Emirates Minister for Culture, Youth and Community Development Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan for his generous donation of $10 for the flood victims of Pakistan.

In a telephonic conversation, the prime minister said that the Pakistani nation would always remember his huge support as he had proved his immense affection for the people of Pakistan and expressed compassion for humanity.

On the individual level, so far, it was the biggest financial assistance provided by any person for the flood-affected people of Pakistan, PM Office Media Wing said in a press release.

The prime minister observed that the amount would be of great help in the rescue, relief and rehabilitation efforts.

He also informed the UAE minister about the historic devastation caused by the recent floods and the government’s steps in response to the natural disaster.

UAE minister Sheikh Nahyan expressed his grief over the human and financial losses and expressed his solidarity with Pakistan in this difficult situation.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif also spoke to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Expressing his gratitude to President Erdogan and the people of Türkiye for extending humanitarian relief assistance to Pakistan in form of immediate dispatch of tents, emergency food items, and medicines via 12 Turkish military aircraft, 04 ‘Goodness Trains’ and 02 Turkish Red Crescent Trucks, the Prime Minister exclaimed that this is in the truest tradition of Pakistan-Türkiye exemplary relationship.

He also expressed his gratitude for the visit undertaken on 1 September 2022, as a gesture of solidarity and support, by Hon. Suleyman Soylu, Minister of Interior, Hon. Murat Kurum, Minister for Environment and Urbanisation, the Head of AFAD and representatives of TOKI to see the devastation caused by flash floods for themselves.

Sensitising President Erdogan of the havoc caused by the riverine floods, the Prime Minister stated that as per initial estimates, the floods are likely to reduce Pakistan’s GDP by over 2 percentage points. He underlined that the ongoing floods have devastated millions of acres of standing crops, houses and critical infrastructure in the country. 

Prime Minister Sharif conveyed that Pakistan was grappling with the immediate challenge of averting an imminent food insecurity in the country as well as providing for rescue and rehabilitation of the victims of this climate-induced calamity.

The Prime Minister briefed President Erdogan about the ongoing relief activities by the Government, and expressed his intention to seek Türkiye’s assistance in overcoming the food shortage as well as in undertaking reconstruction and rehabilitation of the flood-affected areas. 

In the bilateral context, Prime Minister Sharif reaffirmed commitment to boost relations in all areas.