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Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi received Her Royal Highness Princess Sarah Zeid of Jordan, the United Nations World Food Programme’s Special Adviser on Mother and Child Nutrition, at the Foreign Office today.

Welcoming the Princess, the Foreign Minister expressed appreciation at the WFP’s commitment to Pakistan, especially its efforts in addressing malnutrition and stunted growth in Pakistan.

Foreign Minister Qureshi also shared with the Princess the vision of the government, based on which it had devised people-centric policies.While elaborating on key initiatives undertaken by the Government, the Foreign Minister referred specifically to its flagship Ehsaas programme, that aimed at lifting people out of poverty, including through addressing malnutrition and stunted growth.

In line with the purpose of the visit, the Foreign Minister also invited to the meeting a select group of civil society representatives working on the issue of malnutrition, specifically in women and children. Huzaifa Ahmad, founder of Rizq, Faisal Jamil, Founding member of Robin Hood Army,and Hafsa Naeem, Chief Operations Officer of Tayaba attended the meeting and provided valuable inputs.

HRH Princess Sarah Zeid appreciated the leadership of Pakistan for prioritizing the issue of malnutrition in their agenda. She also expressed appreciation at ongoing efforts to improve food security and decrease the incidence of malnutrition in the country.

Princess Sarah was on a 4-day visit to Pakistan, during which she also called on the Prime Minister and Dr. Sania Nishtar, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister of Pakistan on Poverty Alleviation and Social Protection, among others,and undertook a field visit to Balochistan.

29 November 2019

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