Pakistan Not Invited to US Climate Summit

UMMATIMES - The Prime Minister of Pakistan said he could not understand the negligence of the United States government in not inviting him to the country's Climate Summit (Summit).

"I am confused by the hustle and bustle about Pakistan not being invited to the climate change conference," Imran Khan said in a series of posts on his Twitter account, referring to the April 22-23 virtual gathering.

He said Pakistan's environmental policy was driven "solely by our commitment to a clean & green future generation of Pakistanis and reduce the impact of climate change."

"That's why our initiative appeared on Pak Hijau, a tsunami of 10 billion trees, nature-based solutions, cleaning rivers, etc.," he said, referring to a massive tree planting movement to restore forests.

"Our policies are recognized and praised. We are ready to help any country that wants to learn from our experience," he added.

US President Joe Biden invited 40 world leaders to the summit "to rally efforts by major economies to tackle the climate crisis," the White House announced last week, but their longtime ally Pakistan is not on the invitation list.

Khan also said he has set priorities for the 2021 UN Climate Change Conference if the international community is serious about fighting the impacts of climate change.