President Biden has invited 40 world leaders to the Leaders’ Summit on Climate. USA president will host the event on April 22 and 23. The virtual Leaders’ Summit will be live streamed for public viewing.
According to a statement issued by the White House, 40 leaders from across the world, including India and Bangladesh, are invited to the summit in an attempt to “to galvanize efforts by the major economies to tackle the climate crisis.”
“It will be a key milestone on the road to the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) this November in Glasgow,” the statement noted further.
The virtual summit would bring together leaders from 40 countries including India and Bangladesh. However, Pakistan is excluded from the list of invitees.
The Biden administration has not extended invitation to Pakistan for the climate summit.
President Biden’s special envoy on climate change John Kerry also skipped Islamabad when he undertook visit to regional countries including UAE, India and Bangladesh.
In Pakistan, government officials are annoyed over the country’s omission from the summit despite the fact that globally Pakistan is fifth most vulnerable country to climate change. The development is a bit surprising & shocking, particularly in respect that many other Asian countries have been invited. If the summit is simply about covering & focusing the issue of climate change and countries’ vulnerability to it globally, the USA ignorance towards Pakistan hardly carry any justification.
“When it comes to Pakistan, the Biden administration want the later to cease its support towards Taliban in Afghanistan. Washington seems want a clear shift in the Pakistan’s approach regarding its ties with the China.
The new US government not just is trying to counter China through different coercive means but President Biden recently proposed altered infrastructure project to rival China’s Belt and Road initiative.
Biden administration has given a cold shouldered response to Pakistan soon after he assumed the power.
Despite in the White House for about two and half months, President Biden is reluctant to speak to Prime Minister Imran Khan over the phone & seems to deliberately ignoring him as “ head of the state”. It is a traditional ritual that the new US President speaks to heads of governments and states of geo political importance.
Biden, though has already spoken to the Afghan President and twice with the Indian Prime Minister.
Despite Pakistan’s request, Biden has not yet established a direct contact with Prime Minister Imran Khan. This was seen weird development keeping in view the fact that Pakistan has a pivotal role in the Afghan endgame.
USA new regime, Biden administration though seems more tilted towards Pakistan Military establishment rather taking interest and giving importance to PM Imran Khan’s government who is desperate to articulate and strengthen his personal position by establishing close ties with Joe Biden.
US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin recently travelled to India and Afghanistan but he ignored Pakistan, but surprisingly he spoke to Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa over the phone while in Kabul rather PM Imran Khan which manifests the fact that Biden administration more inclined & welcoming towards Military establishment & doesn’t hold much regards for PM Imran regime in Pakistan .
The move is definitely meant to send some “special” sort of message and signal to Pakistan.
Biden administration seems to have the view that Military form of regime better suits its agenda in Pakistan rather than the setup based on political civilian government which lacks competency to understand and address the rapidly changing international political scenario.