Imran discusses Covid-19, climate change with Prince Charles

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan held a telephonic conversation with the UK’s Prince Charles and exchanged views on the coronavirus pandemic, climate change and biodiversity, according to an official statement.

Khan expressed condolences on the loss of lives in in the UK due to the pandemic and underlined that international cooperation was pivotal for success in fighting against the disease, Xinhua news agency quoted the statement from the Prime Minister’s Office as saying late Thursday.

“Pakistan has been able to mitigate the deleterious impacts of Covid-19 on health and economy through national coordinated efforts, smart lockdowns and implementation of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs),” the statement quoted Khan as saying.

The Prime Minister underlined that climate change was one of the most pressing issues of the times, and Pakistan was committed to working with the global community to tackle this problem.

Khan extended an invitation to the Prince of Wales to visit Pakistan along with the Duchess of Cornwall Camilla, according to the statement.

During their conversation, Prince Charles and Prime Minister Khan also agreed on the need for greater global cooperation in dealing with shared global challenges especially on climate change and protecting the environment, according to the statement.

The UK is hosting COP26, or the 2021 UN Climate Change Conference, next year and Prince Charles “welcomed Pakistan‘s resolve on tackling the threat of Climate Change, reaffirming the UK’s support for increased use of renewable energy in Pakistan”.