U.S. President Donald Trump pledged help to Pakistan in its fight against the COVID–19 pandemic, during a phone call with Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan Wednesday.
Trump and Khan agreed to continue working together on a coordinated response to defeat the coronavirus and minimize its economic impact, according to a brief White House statement.
Khan’s office said he conveyed Pakistan’s sympathies and condolences “on the loss of so many precious lives” in the United States due to the coronavirus. Trump appreciated the prime minister’s telephone call and expression of support for U.S. efforts to combat the pandemic, it added.
“He also reassured of U.S. support to Pakistan in the efforts to combat COVID-19 including by making available ventilators as well as in the economic arena,” said the Pakistani statement.
Washington has already announced more than $10 million in financial assistance for Islamabad to boost its efforts against the pandemic, though the number of confirmed cases in the nation of 220 million remains relatively low, as of now.
Pakistan has so far recorded more than 10,000 infections, and the virus has killed at least 212 people since the country detected the outbreak in late February.
Source: VOA news