LAHORE     -    United States Principal Deputy Assistant Secre­tary (PDAS) for South and Central Asia Bureau Elizabeth Horst said that the United States has long been the top export destination for Pakistan and described the U.S.-Pakistan commercial rela­tionship as a vehicle for economic growth for both countries. She said this in a meeting with women business leaders from across Punjab during his visit to Lahore. She also emphasized the vital role women play in economic development, highlight­ing that “the United States looks forward to deep­er cooperation with Pakistan on ways to success­fully integrate more women into the economy.” She noted that U.S. support to women-led small and medium sized enterprises across Pakistan has already created over 5000 new jobs. Also, she broke ground on a $350,000 U.S. Embassy Inter­national Narcotics and Law Enforcement funded men and women training hostel at the Punjab Forensic Science Agency. Her visit highlighted the 75th anniversary of U.S.-Pakistan relations, a long-standing partnership based in shared inter­ests and common goals.

During her engagements, PDAS Horst offered condolences for those affected by the devastat­ing flooding in Pakistan. She underscored the U.S. commitment to support affected communities, adding that, “We have provided more than $50 million towards life-saving food support, shelters, safe water, sanitation, and hygiene improvements, and are working closely with our local partners and Pakistani authorities to ensure that we can continue to be of assistance.”