PM Shehbaz says IMF team to visit Pakistan soon

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has said that a delegation of International Monetary Fund (IMF) will visit Pakistan soon for talks aimed at mitigating country’s economic difficulties.

In a tweet uploaded on Saturday, Shehbaz Sharif said that in a phone call with IMF Managing Director Ms Kristalina Georgieva on Friday he told her about the Pakistani government’s resolve to complete the terms of the IMF’s loan programme.

The prime minister further said: “I also explained Pakistan’s economic difficulties especially after the devastating floods.”

Shehbaz said an IMF delegation will come to Pakistan soon.

IMF reiterates commitment to help Pakistan

IMF Managing Director Ms Kristalina Georgieva called Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif over telephone on Friday and reiterated her commitment to help Pakistan in the difficult period.

She also expressed her deep sympathy and concern on the human and material losses due to the recent floods.

The prime minister thanked the IMF Managing Director for her concern on the fallout of the floods and extended an invitation to the IMF chief to participate in the Climate Resilient Pakistan Conference at Geneva.

The IMF Managing Director thanked the prime minister for the invitation but explained that as the IMF Board meetings had been prefixed for Monday and Tuesday, she will only be able to join the conference virtually.

The prime minister assured the IMF chief that Pakistan is committed to successfully completing the ongoing IMF loan programme and thanked Ms Kristalina Georgieva for her understanding and empathy of the challenges that Pakistan has been facing.