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PM Khan ‘puzzled at the cacophony’ over US climate summit

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday expressed concern over not being invited to the international climate change conference ​by the United States.

In a series of tweets, the premier stated: “I am puzzled at the cacophony over Pak not being invited to a climate change conf! My govt’s environment policies are driven solely by our commitment to our future generations of a clean & green Pakistan to mitigate the impact of climate change.”

PM Imran Khan added: “Hence our initiatives of Green Pak, 10 bn-tree tsunami, nature-based solutions, cleaning up our rivers etc. We have gained vast experience in 7 yrs, beg with KP, & our policies are being recognised & lauded. We are ready to help any state wanting to learn from our experience.”

“I have already laid out priorities for the UN Climate Change Conference 2021 – COP26 – if the international community is serious about countering the impact of climate change,” he said.

This comes as US President Joe Biden did not invite PM Imran Khan to the climate summit. President Joe Biden’s administration has announced that the United States of America will host the virtual summit of world leaders on climate in April.

The White House stated that “President Biden has invited 40 world leaders to the Leaders’ Climate Summit which he will host on April 22 and 23. The virtual leaders’ summit will be broadcast live to the public.”

The leaders’ summit on climate will underscore the urgency and the economic benefits of stronger climate action, according to a statement by the White House.

The guest list included several world leaders such as President Putin of Russia, Xi Jinping of China, Prime Minister Modi of India, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh, Prime Minister Lotay Tshering of Bhutan.

Other countries whose prime ministers have been invited to the Climate Summit include Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Republic of Congo, Denmark, the European Commission, France, Gabon, Germany, Indonesia, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, Singapore among others.

However, in the list of 40 leaders, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan is missing.

The country under PM Imran khan leadership has taken several important steps to battle climate change, including an ambitious plan to plant a billion trees. Pakistan is the fifth-most vulnerable country to climate change.

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