UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres backs Pakistani PM Imran Khan’s call for a global initiative

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UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres backs Pakistani PM Imran Khan’s call for a global initiative

NEW YORK: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has supported Prime Minister Imran Khan’s call for a Global Initiative for debt relief to developing countries, amid coronavirus outbreak.

At a regular virtual press briefing in New York, the Spokesman of the UN Secretary General, Stephane Dujarric said Imran Khan’s initiative is in the same spirit as the Secretary-General’s own position.

He said the UN secretary general believes that debt relief link must be an important part of the response to COVID-19, including immediate waiver on interest payments for the current year. ACTIVATE SOUND

The spokesman said it is important that the limited resources of the world’s poorest countries be used to combat Covid-19 virus.

Last week, Prime Minister Imran Khan had called for a ‘Global Initiative on Debt Relief’ for developing countries amid coronavirus crisis in order to ‘promote coordinated health and economic response.’

PM Imran Khan had appealed the international community in a video message for taking an initiative on debt relief for the developing countries and also invited United Nations (UN) Secretary-General António Guterres to work with him in advancing the objectives of a coordinated response.