Pakistan, India sign landmark pact for polio eradication
The countries of Pakistan and India have signed a landmark pact to eradicate polio by 2030, in a major milestone in the fight against the crippling disease that has claimed thousands of lives in the past two decades.
The agreement, which was signed at a ceremony in Islamabad, was presented to the press by Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
The signing ceremony was attended by the presidents of the two countries, who signed the pact as part of a larger deal that will also help the countries combat tuberculosis.
The two countries are also expected to sign a memorandum of understanding to jointly address polio.
The two countries will be working together on a joint plan for polio control in 2021.
The United States is also looking to increase its cooperation with Pakistan in fighting the disease, including a new program that will train and equip health care workers.
President Donald Trump is also expected, at the end of his term in office, to visit Pakistan to sign the agreement.
“This is a major step forward for Pakistan and the world.
We are all very pleased to be able to say we have done it, and we are going to work on it in the coming months,” said Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari at the ceremony.