OUR STAFF REPORTER

ISLAMABAD

Jonathan Pratt, Acting US Ambassador on Wednesday invited Finance Minister Ishaq Dar to attend Clean Energy Conference to hold in December in US, as Conference will be an opportunity for Pakistan to invite foreign investors to invest in the energy sector.

The Finance Minister said that Energy is the top priority of Pakistan and the present Government has taken a number of steps not only to overcome the shortage of energy but it has also made effective plans to meet the future needs of the country for development. The Minister also discussed with the Ambassador the possibility of inviting US investors for Diamer -Bhasha project. Pratt offered his condolences to the Minister on the loss of life in the recent earthquake that hit the vast areas of the country on Monday. The Minister said that it was a distressing incident and the information is coming in on the extent of damages suffered in different part of the country. He also said that the Government will leave no stone unturned to help the victims in this hour of need.

The Minister appreciated the appointment of David Hale as the new Ambassador to Pakistan and acknowledged his services for Middle East peace. He said that his expertise will surely help in strengthening the ties between Pakistan and US.

The Finance Minister shared with the Acting Ambassador the details of activities during the recent visit of the Prime Minister to US in which he also accompanied him. The Minister said that both sides value the bilateral relationship and in future also steps will be taken to further improve the working relationship between the two countries.

The Acting US Ambassador informed the Minister about preparations for the 4th Business and Trade Conference to be held in US in the near future. The Minister appreciated the efforts of the US government for creating an enabling environment for promoting trade relations among its partner countries.