OTTAWA – This weekend, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke with the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, to discuss Canada and Pakistan’s respective efforts to fight the novel coronavirus pandemic.
The two leaders reviewed their countries’ measures to protect the health, safety, and economic well-being of their residents. They also discussed the importance of a coordinated global response to the COVID-19 crisis, including support for the needs of vulnerable countries.
Prime Minister Trudeau thanked Prime Minister Khan for Pakistan’s ongoing help to repatriate Canadians seeking to return home during this crisis. The leaders recognized the important people-to-people ties between the two countries and agreed to continue cooperating closely.
“This meeting between the leaders of Canada and Pakistan demonstrates the growing friendship between our two nations,” said Iqra Khalid, Member of Parliament for Mississauga-Erin Mills. “This relationship is important to many Canadians and seeing our leaders work closely for the greater good of humanity sets a positive example.”
“The exchange of information and resources between countries creates more prosperity and opportunities for everyone. Facing global challenges such as COVID-19 requires a global solution, working with friends and allies from across the world.”
In response to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic, Canada announced its partnership with international leaders to launch the Coronavirus Global Response on Monday, May 4th. This initiative aims to raise $8 billion (USD) worldwide to develop solutions to test, treat, and protect people, and to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.
To date, the Government of Canada has announced investments of over $850 million (CAD) that support this fundraising target. This funding, in particular, supports domestic coronavirus research, development of medical treatments and production of a vaccine, and finding a safe and effective treatment for COVID-19 through the World Health Organization (WHO).
“Working together, we will see an end to this pandemic and build a safer future for everyone.”