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Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari received a telephone call from Mr. M.U.M. Ali Sabry, Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka today.

Foreign Minister Sabry offered condolences on the loss of lives and widespread devastation caused by floods across Pakistan. He conveyed sympathies to the government and people of Pakistan on behalf of the Sri Lankan Government.

Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari expressed his gratitude to Foreign Minister Sabry on his expression of support to Pakistan in these challenging times. He briefed his Sri Lankan counterpart on the unprecedented rainfall in Pakistan this year that resulted in super floods and landslides. The Foreign Minister further highlighted that the scale of destruction had been massive and caused immense loss of human lives, livestock, crops and infrastructure.

The Foreign Minister apprised the Sri Lankan Foreign Minister of Pakistan’s prompt and extensive response to deal with the natural calamity and underscored that for the rehabilitation and reconstruction phase, broad-based international support will be vital. The Foreign Minister expressed the hope that the ‘UN Flash Appeal’ for Pakistan’s flood response will garner a strong response and will contribute towards alleviating the hardship of those severely affected.

The two Foreign Ministers also exchanged views on matters of mutual interest and reiterated their commitment to further strengthening fraternal relations between Pakistan and Sri Lanka.


7 September 2022

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