Pakistan and Saudi Arabia To Ink Climate Agreement Soon
Khan observed that the Saudi leader's vision was closely aligned with his country's own "Clean and Green Pakistan" initiative.
Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have decided to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the middle of April to declare their respective environmental programs as “sister initiatives.”
The countries also aim to strengthen bilateral collaboration in the fields of climate change, renewable energy, and forestry.
إستقبل معالي أ/ملك أمين أسلم الوزير الفيدرالي لشؤون المناخ ومستشار رئيس الوزراء اليوم سعادة السفير أ/نواف سعيد المالكي،ونوه بمبادرتي سمو ولي العهد #السعودية_الخضراء و #الشرق_الأوسط_الأخضر التي وصفها بالمهمة للمحافظة على البيئة،كما بحثنا المواضيع ذات الأهتمام المشترك بين البلدين. pic.twitter.com/UARdV4T0zg
— السفارة في باكستان – سعودی سفارت خانہ (@KSAembassyPK) April 2, 2021
The idea to sign the MoU was finalized during a meeting between the Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan, Nawaf bin Saeed Al-Maliki, and the Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Climate Change, Malik Amin Aslam.
“During our conversation, the Saudi envoy said the kingdom was open to collaboration with Pakistan and wanted to declare their environmental projects sister initiatives,” Aslam informed the Arab News.
سعدت اليوم بلقاء معالي السيد/ملك أمين أسلم @aminattock الوزير الفيدرالي لشؤون المناخ ومستشار رئيس الوزراء،ونوه بمبادرتي سمو ولي العهد #السعودية_الخضراء و #الشرق_الأوسط_الأخضر التي وصفها بالمهمة للمحافظة على البيئة،كما بحثنا المواضيع ذات الاهتمام المشترك بين البلدين. pic.twitter.com/W8JGUmcG5s
— نواف بن سعيد المالكي (@AmbassadorNawaf) April 2, 2021
“I recommended signing a formal MoU to carry forward such cooperation, and the Saudi ambassador maintained that we should do it as early as possible. We’ve already started preparing the draft, which will be signed within ten days,” he added.
Aslam said the idea began after Prime Minister Imran Khan wrote a letter to the Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman (MbS), to laud the “Green Saudi Arabia” and “Green Middle East” programs and offered his administration’s assistance to the kingdom.
Khan observed that the Saudi leader’s vision was closely aligned with his country’s own “Clean and Green Pakistan” initiative.
He added, “the challenge of Climate Change calls for greater international collaboration and shared aspiration for sustainable development.
“The world has no option but to tread this green pathway and establish a new development paradigm for the 21st century.”
The prime minister’s advisor maintained that the main idea behind formalizing the environmental cooperation with the kingdom was to create synergy by learning from each other’s experiences.
“We’ll let Saudis be our partners in different projects since they have displayed a keen interest in the billion-tree honey project and olive tree plantation,” Aslam said.
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