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Secretary Antony J. Blinken with Pakistani Overseas Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari to Commemorate the seventy fifth Anniversary of U.S.-Pakistan Relations

Secretary Antony J. Blinken with Pakistani Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari to Commemorate the 75th Anniversary of U.S.-Pakistan Relations

SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Nicely, good afternoon, everybody.  And it’s a pleasure to be right here to rejoice.  It’s additionally essential to be right here on this second for Pakistan, for our mates, not solely to rejoice however to assist and to work in partnership.  And I wish to discuss somewhat bit about that, however Overseas Minister, Bilawal, thanks for being right here.  I’m so delighted to see you as soon as once more, to see you right here on the State Division.  We simply had an excellent, in depth dialog about so many issues that we’re engaged on collectively, and I’ll contact on a few them.  However I’m significantly grateful to your presence as we speak with us.

And Dilawar, I simply wish to thanks not just for these phrases however to your extraordinary management each single day.  We’re grateful for it and it’s making a distinction, making a distinction all over the world.  Our commerce, our industrial, our financial insurance policies are all designed to attempt to ship for American employees and households, but additionally on the identical time for our companions.  And also you’re making that work, so thanks.

And to everybody right here as we speak, whether or not you’re right here from the enterprise group, the philanthropic group, NGOs, alumni of a few of our alternate packages, present individuals in these packages, the Pakistani diaspora, welcome, welcome, welcome to the State Division, and welcome to this glorious establishment that’s a part of the State Division.  The museum has – continues to develop, as you’ve heard from Susan.  I hope you could have a chance for those who haven’t already to have a look upstairs to see among the reveals which are already there however extra a lot to come back within the years to come back.

So we’re assembly at what’s a tremendously troublesome second for Pakistan.  And as you’ve heard – the statistic in regards to the expectant moms I had not heard.  That’s – in and of itself tells you all that you want to know.  However the truth is a 3rd of the nation stays underwater after the historic and catastrophic storms.  About 33 million persons are affected.  Farmers whose whole harvests have been actually submerged.  Households whose properties have been washed away.  Youngsters whose colleges have been ravaged.

That has an instantaneous influence, however until we’re ready collectively to cope with the challenges, can have a long-term influence as effectively.  So we have now a way of urgency, however we even have a way of willpower.  The USA – all Individuals – prolong our deepest condolences and sympathy to our mates in Pakistan, and we ship a easy message:  We’re right here for Pakistan simply as we’ve been throughout previous pure disasters, each to fulfill the quick wants and, as I mentioned, waiting for rebuild.  And that is one thing that we talked about simply a short time in the past.

To this point, as you’ve heard, we’ve marshaled over $56 million in quick humanitarian help.  We’ve been in a position to ship about 17 planes stuffed with provides like meals and supplies to construct shelters, tents, tarps.  And as we speak I’m happy to announce one other $10 million in meals safety help, which is able to present – (applause) – this can present pressing provides to assist farmers recuperate, like seeds and fertilizer, help repairing crucial irrigation infrastructure broken by the floods.

These efforts, although, are bolstered considerably by the extraordinary generosity of the Pakistani American group and the U.S. non-public sector, which collectively contributed one other 27 million in important items and companies – meals, water, drugs, well being care.

We are going to proceed to face by Pakistan, to face by its folks, as we speak and within the days to come back, as a result of that’s what we’ve executed for one another in each instructions by a lot of our shared historical past.  It’s becoming as we speak that we’re assembly right here on the Nationwide Museum of American Diplomacy within the Harry S Truman Constructing.  In 1947, shortly after Pakistan’s independence, President Truman despatched a congratulatory letter to Governor-Common Jinnah, a frontrunner that he known as the originator of the dream that turned Pakistan and launched diplomatic relations between our international locations that we rejoice now of their seventy fifth 12 months.

For many years, we in america have been enriched by the tradition of Pakistan, by the poetry of Allama Iqbal, to the songs of the legendary Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, and a current Grammy Award winner, Arooj Aftab.  (Applause.)

And I’ve to say that we’re profoundly, profoundly higher off for the immeasurable contributions of Pakistani Individuals as civic leaders of their communities, as U.S. troopers on the battlefield, and throughout actually each a part of our society.  They excel in each stroll {of professional} life from drugs to science to engineering to enterprise to authorities.  Pakistan and america have labored collectively to finish extremely vital growth initiatives just like the Mangla and Tarbela dams, which at one time supplied some 70 p.c of Pakistan’s energy.

We’ve been ready collectively to launch high educational establishments just like the Lahore College for Administration Sciences, which is coaching the following technology of enterprise leaders.  And we have now labored collectively to confront international threats.

We proceed to work intently on counterterrorism points.  We’ve a shared stake in Afghanistan’s future after 20 years of conflict.  We’ve had our variations; that’s no secret.  However we share a typical goal: a extra steady, a extra peaceable, and free future for all of Afghanistan and for these throughout the broader area.  We’ll proceed to work collectively towards that finish in addition to assist the fundamental human rights of the Afghan folks, particularly girls and women.

In our discussions as we speak, we talked in regards to the significance of managing a accountable relationship with India, and I additionally urged our colleagues to interact China on among the essential problems with debt reduction and restructure in order that Pakistan can extra shortly recuperate from the floods.  We spoke, too, in regards to the significance of assembly our commitments as democracies, upholding core values like respect for freedom of faith, perception, freedom of expression.

We additionally, critically, talked about ways in which we’re deepening our relationship throughout a variety of crucial areas, and I simply wish to spend a fast minute on these, beginning with the financial ties that you simply heard Dilawar discuss just some minutes in the past.  I’m satisfied, we’re satisfied, that even with among the optimistic numbers you’ve heard – the truth that we had a $600 million improve regardless of COVID is critical, however we’re satisfied that we are able to do extra, way more.

Some of the essential methods to spur financial development and prosperity is, for instance, by empowering girls and women and making certain that they will take part absolutely within the economic system.  That’s the best way not solely to assist them attain their full potential however to assist the economic system within the nation attain its.  It’s additionally the appropriate factor to do.  That’s why we’ve supported that objective for the previous decade by one thing you’ve heard referenced, the U.S.-Pakistan Ladies’s Council, a platform that, as a lot of you recognize from having helped create it, fosters cooperation between companies, philanthropy, civil society from each international locations to advance girls’s empowerment in Pakistan.

Via one in all their initiatives, the Pakistan Million Ladies’s Mentor Initiative, corporations like S&P International, Deloitte, Citi, and others have supplied abilities coaching and mentorship for greater than 10,000 girls entrepreneurs over simply the previous 12 months alone.  And that’s outstanding in and of itself; I’m satisfied that the ripple results from that subsequent 12 months, in 5 years, in 10 years, in 20 years, are going to be vital.

However I believe we additionally each consider deeply that on the coronary heart of our relationship are our people-to-people ties.  They proceed to develop; they should develop even stronger.  We proceed to run 19 Lincoln Corners all through Pakistan, the place greater than 300,000 Pakistanis come yearly to study america; to debate methods to enhance our society, to each of our societies; to observe some basic American motion pictures, all the pieces from Zootopia to Wreck-It Ralph – (laughter) – typically all in the identical day.  It’s one thing I’d really like to have the ability to do.  (Laughter.)  Perhaps we are able to discover time to interrupt away and catch a film.  (Laughter.)

And we have now a thriving community of greater than 37,000 alumni of our cultural packages, our alternate packages, all through Pakistan.  They’re making distinctive contributions to the sciences and enterprise and thru public service.  In actual fact, as I mentioned, we’re lucky this afternoon to be joined by a number of present Fulbright students and individuals in our Worldwide Guests Management Program.  We had an opportunity to fulfill them briefly earlier than.  When you’re right here, would you simply arise for a minute?  (Applause.)

These mates are the way forward for the connection, and I’m satisfied that the alternate packages that we have now will imply that for years to come back, many years to come back, generations to come back, the connection can be sturdy and can develop even stronger.  So we’re actually grateful to your presence right here as we speak, however particularly to your participation in these packages.

The alumni that we’ve seen in our packages have executed and proceed to do actually outstanding issues in giving again to their societies, to their international locations: standing up for the wants of Pakistanis with disabilities, growing girls’s involvement in politics and coverage making, offering counseling and well being companies to displaced folks throughout Pakistan, and a lot extra.  And now they’re in america to work on issues like advocacy methods to be much more efficient – if that’s attainable – within the work they’re doing, but additionally to share their information, their expertise, their views with American college students.

That is profoundly a two-way avenue, and one of many issues that I like in regards to the alternate packages is, fairly actually, we get extra out of them than anybody else.  We’re studying by the experiences which are being shared, by the views which are being shared, by the information that’s being shared.  So thanks for that as effectively, as a result of it’s making a distinction right here in america.

In the end, it’s connections like these that give me probably the most hope for the way forward for this relationship.  Our folks study with and from each other in order that we are able to make each of our international locations higher and ship much more successfully for our folks.

This can be a resilient relationship.  It’s able to overcoming challenges that we’ve needed to confront.  And I’m satisfied that an excellent brighter future lies forward, one that everybody on this room fairly actually can be important to realizing.  That’s what we’re relying on all of you to do, to proceed to do.  So thanks for all the work that you simply do to additional this noble objective and for the work that you simply’ll proceed to do to construct upon the friendship between Pakistan and america.

Now it’s my nice pleasure and an honor handy the microphone over to my good friend, the overseas minister of Pakistan.  Bilawal.  (Applause.)

FOREIGN MINISTER BHUTTO ZARDARI:  (In Urdu.)

(In English). It’s an absolute honor and a privilege to be right here as we speak on the State Division and addressing not solely our mates from the U.S. Authorities however the Pakistani American group.  And I’m happy to report, for all these watching again house and everyone witnessing over right here, that it’s certainly true, certainly true, that diplomacy is again each right here on the State Division – (applause) – and within the overseas ministry of Pakistan.

It has at all times been a pleasure talking to the Secretary of State, participating with the Secretary of State, however I come right here at a unique time.  And I come right here at a time when the bottom realities in Pakistan have modified basically.  We’ve skilled a local weather disaster of biblical, apocalyptic proportions.  It rained and rained and rained and rained and rained from mid-June until the top of August.  And when the rain lastly stopped, a hundred-kilometer lake shaped in the midst of my nation that’s slowly descending to the ocean, to the ocean.

In consequence, a 3rd of my nation underneath water, greater than the land mass of the UK; 33 million folks – greater than the inhabitants of Australia, greater than the inhabitants of New Zealand, greater than the inhabitants of New York State, or 95 p.c of the inhabitants of Canada.  As Dilawar mentioned, 600,000 girls, pregnant girls, are ready to offer beginning within the open.  Of the 33 million folks affected, 16 million are kids.  Of the 1,600 deaths that we’ve had up to now, a 3rd of them have been kids.

And Mr. Secretary of State, the irony of that is that Pakistan has contributed 0.8 p.c to the worldwide carbon output, however we’re amongst the ten most climate-stressed international locations on the planet.  And that’s why we glance to you for help and assist so we are able to get our folks local weather justice.  I believe that your president has proven unimaginable management in the case of the difficulty of local weather each right here domestically and congratulate him and your administration on the historic laws that has been handed at house, however it’s not solely essential that you simply construct again higher right here.  The chance on this disaster in Pakistan is that we should construct again higher, greener, extra climate-resilient again house as effectively.

And I consider that working collectively we are able to do that, working collectively not solely with the Authorities of america and our mates within the worldwide group.  We’re working with the non-public sector, working with the non-public sector right here in america and dealing with the non-public sector at house.  I’m satisfied that we are able to construct again.  We are going to construct a extra climate-resilient Pakistan.  We are going to construct a greener Pakistan.  We are going to create inexperienced alternatives and inexperienced jobs, and alternatives not just for our nation and never just for our non-public sector, however for these internationally that can be prepared to put money into Pakistan.

Mr. Secretary of State, when my grandfather was the overseas minster of Pakistan – the commerce minister of Pakistan, the overseas minister of Pakistan, after which the prime minister of Pakistan – there was what was known as the Inexperienced Revolution, and that Mangla Dam and Tarbela Dam that you simply talked about – these huge infrastructure initiatives – they’re from the Nineteen Sixties and the Nineteen Seventies.  It’s – now it’s the time for a brand new Inexperienced Revolution, and we hope – nay, we anticipate – the American Authorities, significantly led by President Biden, to cleared the path.  I believe that regardless of the devastation, regardless of the destruction, that is the chance – nay, that is the problem – for us to have the ability to act.  And we’re extremely grateful to the U.S. Authorities for his or her preliminary $1 million, then $33 million, then $55 million and as we speak, after your announcement of the $10 million, we have now reached the $60 million mark.

We’ve been extremely engaged ever since I’ve been overseas minister with your self, together with your administration.  We’re extremely grateful to Mr. Dilawar Syed, (inaudible), Samantha Energy, the congressional delegation, everyone that has come and visited Pakistan up to now, and we stay up for the chance of internet hosting you sometime quickly.

I completely agree that the Pakistan-U.S. relationship shouldn’t be solely resilient, we have now stood the check of time.  And we’ve proved all through historical past that after we work collectively, we obtain nice issues.  And I consider that after we don’t work collectively, then we fumble, then we falter, then issues go improper.  And I would really like the chance to as soon as once more not solely thanks however thank your extremely hardworking group which have been working with their counterparts, who’re additionally extremely hardworking, across the clock and that we’ve managed to make this progress and improve the cooperation between america and America[i].

And the sky is the restrict.  I’ve been participating with the non-public sector, significantly these of the Pakistani American group, and they’re patriotic Pakistanis and they’re patriotic Individuals, and so they contribute right here to America and they’re eager to contribute to Pakistan.  This can be a problem for the brand new technology.  I consider our relationship that’s prior to now is the legacy of the management of the previous, and now it’s a check for us that how we take this relationship ahead.  Right here’s to a different 75 years of Pakistan-U.S. relationships.  (In Urdu). (Applause.)

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