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(2017-09-21) Mr. Bill Gates reiterated his continued interest for working together for eradication of polio in Pakistan. He also expressed interest in expansion of engagements in other areas including broader immunization program.

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi thanked Bill Gates for the work Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is doing in Pakistan particularly for the eradication of polio as well as their interest in expanding in other areas.

Mr. Bill Gates thanked the Prime Minister for continuous commitment of the government of Pakistan in achieving the objective of eradicating polio from Pakistan. He also appreciated the personal commitment of Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi towards this end. Mr. Bill Gates also expressed an interest in making financial services accessible to the people of Pakistan so that they are enabled to do financial transactions and services online.

Mr. Gates appreciated the tremendous progress achieved in eradication of polio during the last four years and the expectation that all the stakeholders will make the final push to achieve the cherished goal of complete eradication of polio from the remaining three pockets in the country.

Mr. Bill Gates also expressed his appreciation for the continuity of the key polio team members who have achieved appreciable standards of team work and commitment.

Mr. Bill Gates expressed his hope that the Prime Minister will continue to lead the effort till the end and on a personal note.

New York
September 21, 2017.

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