Imran hopes Biden will continue peace process in Afghanistan

Pakistani premier warns against the spoilers of Afghan peace, saying that the level of violence has increased in Afghanistan

 

Dubai — Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday expressed optimism that the US president-elect Joe Bided would continue the ongoing peace process in Afghanistan, while praising outgoing President Donald Trump for initiating the process of peace dialogues in the war-torn country.

“Someone asked me about Trump’s achievements, I said the resumption of the peace process after so many years in Afghanistan was his greatest achievement. President Trump did a great job,” he said while speaking at the World Economic Forum Country Strategy Dialogue on Pakistan via video link.

Imran also warned against the spoilers of Afghan peace, saying that the level of violence has increased in Afghanistan. He said that he is optimistic the dialogues in Afghanistan would succeed.

Urgent need for climate action

Earlier, in an article of the World Economic Forum’s Country Strategic Dialogue on Pakistan 2020, PM Imran warned against the threat of climate change and its adverse social and economic impacts.

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“The world is already witnessing unprecedented floods, severe droughts, increasing heat waves, spreading wildfires and fierce cyclonic activity. All of these pose a clear and present danger for humanity.”

Pakistan is a case in point, as it lies at the geographic crossroads of melting glaciers, unpredictably shifting monsoons and enhanced disaster activity triggered by climate change,” the premier added.

He said that though Pakistan has almost no contribution to global greenhouse gas emissions, yet the country is the fifth most affected country in the world, as indicated by the Germanwatch Global Climate Risk Index, 2020.

“There is an urgent need for simultaneously raising ambition for climate action, while also building resilience and adapting to the inescapable impacts of climate change.”

“It is also vital that developing countries are supported with enhanced climate finance, appropriate technology transfer and supportive capacity-building. In this regard, the existing pledge by the developed countries to mobilise $100 billion annually in climate finance for the developing countries remains critically essential, but as yet unfulfilled.”

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