PM's 'extraordinary' efforts in Pakistan's flood-affected areas recognised at COP27

At the 27th session of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) on Monday, world leaders described Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's continued presence in the flood-affected areas of Pakistan as an "extraordinary gesture".

The COP27 summit – organised by the UN on climate change and the need for sustainable solutions – is being held in Sharm-el-Sheikh, Egypt, from November 6-18. World leaders, think-tanks, heads of governments and international financial institutions are attending.

PM Shehbaz left for Egypt yesterday as the Egyptian President and COP27 Chairperson Abdul Fattah Al-Sisi invited him to co-chair the COP27 roundtable conference along with the prime minister of Norway.

According to a press release from the Prime Minister's Office, Shehbaz became "the center of attention" at the global climate change conference, where he spoke about the flood in Pakistan and the efforts made to help victims.

The premier met important world leaders at the Sharm El-Sheikh International Congress Center on the occasion of the summit.

President of Iraq Abdul Latif Rashid, President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon and President of Indonesia Joko Widodo met PM Shehbaz separately.

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According to the press release, PM Shehbaz also met with the Prime Minister of Lebanon Najib Makati.

Shehbaz thanked Indonesia's president for the prompt delivery of edible oil to Pakistan and conveyed good wishes to the government and people of Indonesia.

The prime minister also discussed the devastating effects of climate change with the president of Tajikistan.

Foreign leaders expressed their grief over the destruction and loss of lives caused by the recent floods in Pakistan, added the PMO statement

"The whole world is affected by climate change and collective efforts are necessary," said Shehbaz while addressing the world leaders.

He also thanked the international community for providing aid and helping the flood victims in Pakistan.

According to the press release, the world leaders also discussed bilateral, regional, and global issues at the conference.

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