New York: US President Biden and Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif met on Thursday at the reception of world leaders attending the 77th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York.
US President PM Shehbaz and other foreign leaders were invited to the reception.
Biden and Pakistan’s prime minister are speaking for the first time. Since becoming the country’s president, Biden has not spoken to Imran Khan or Pakistan’s former prime minister Shehbaz Sharif.
Although the encounter was unofficial, the US government largely ignored Pakistan throughout Imran’s rule. However, after the change of leadership, there were mutual talks between the two countries.
Earlier, in his speech at the UN General Assembly, Biden made an impassioned plea for aid to Pakistan, which has been devastated by floods.
In his speech, he pledged an additional $2.9 billion in funding to combat global food insecurity, adding to the $6.9 billion the US government committed earlier this year.
A key adviser to the US Secretary of State visited Pakistan earlier this month, and the Biden administration also approved Pakistan’s purchase of $450 million worth of F-16 equipment.