Pakistan and Maldives emphasizing the need of progress on result-oriented outcomes in the domain of climate action and justice on Saturday, agreed to advance mutual cooperation in combating climate change. Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar held a bilateral meeting with the President of the Republic of Maldives, Dr Mohamed Muizzu on the sidelines of COP 28 here. During the meeting, the two leaders discussed sharing of expertise in the realm of plantation of mangroves and other climate resistance floras. The prime minister assured the President of Maldives of Pakistan’s full support to the Government and people of Maldives. PM Kakar felicitated Dr Mohamed Muizzu on assumption of the office of the President of Maldives. He also expressed his desire to promote peace and development in South Asia through enhanced regional cooperation.The two leaders resolved to further strengthen Pakistan-Maldives bilateral relations and capitalize on the immense goodwill between the people of the two countries. They agreed to enhance high-level dialogue and mutually beneficial cooperation especially in economic, trade, cultural and tourism sectors. The President of Maldives thanked the prime minister for conveying warm sentiments on behalf of the government and people of Pakistan. Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar and Scotland’s First Minister Humza Yousaf on Saturday discussed the collaborative efforts in tackling climate change and strengthening the bilateral ties. The prime minister, in a post on X, said that on the sidelines of COP-28 in the United Arab Emirates, he had a productive meeting with the Scottish minister. The prime minister also termed the COP-28 as a pivotal step towards sustainable global partnerships. Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar and Bill Gates, Co-Chair Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), on Saturday met on the sidelines of COP-28 and discussed progress on Pakistan’s polio eradication efforts. The prime minister apprised Gates of the ongoing polio vaccination drive in Pakistan and said that Pakistan would spare no effort to eliminate poliovirus. He underlined the Government’s full commitment to maximizing outreach of vaccines to children all across Pakistan, PM Office Media Wing said in a press release. The caretaker prime minister and Gates also discussed cooperation extended by BMGF to Pakistan in financial inclusion, poverty alleviation and malnutrition. While lauding the support received from the Gates Foundation, the prime minister further encouraged the BMGF to work with Pakistan to enhance national capacities in STEM education, strengthen early warning and emergency operations for disaster management as well as to digitalize agricultural value chains. Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar and Prime Minister of Syria Hussein Arnous on Saturday asked Israel to stop the brutal use of force on the Palestinians, ensure ceasefire, facilitate humanitarian assistance and resolve the Palestinian question in line with UN Security Council resolutions. During a meeting held here between the two leaders on the sidelines of COP 28, the two sides discussed the ongoing Israeli violence against Palestinian people and called on the international community to take meaningful notice of the situation. The two leaders also expressed the commitment to strengthen bilateral cooperation in diverse fields including economic, cultural and tourism besides agreeing to revive the Joint Ministerial Commission. They also reviewed the bilateral relationship and agreed to enhance the frequency of bilateral political exchanges to foster understanding between the leadership and the brotherly peoples of the two countries. A family enjoys a ride on a three-wheeler at the Royal Fort.