US offers to help Pakistan in Economy, fighting COVID-19

The United States has offered its support to Pakistan in aiding the fight against the country's coronavirus outbreak, promising to provide ventilators and unspecified help "in the economic arena", a Pakistani statement released after a telephone conversation between US President Donald Trump and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan says.

"Prime Minister Imran Khan also highlighted Pakistan’s efforts to contain the spread of the virus. He emphasized that Pakistan was facing a dual challenge of overcoming the pandemic and saving people, particularly the most vulnerable segments of the population, from hunger due to lockdown," said the statement from Khan's office.

Khan, alongside other leaders from the developing world, has been calling for developed nations to offer debt relief to developing countries in the wake of a global economic slowdown due to the coronavirus.

On Thursday, he will launch a $595 million appeal to fund Pakistan's Preparedness and Response plan to COVID-19, mainly targeting international financial institutions and world powers.

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