WASHINGTON    -   Pakistan and the United States have reiterated the resolve to further pro­mote their bilateral cultural and peo­ple to people ties.

The resolve was expressed during meeting between Pakistan's ambas­sador to the United States Masood Khan and Head of Smithsonian In­stitute's Asian Cultural History Pro­gram Dr. Paul Michael Taylor in Washington.

Underscoring that existing cultur­al affinities form a foundation for strengthening ties between the two peoples, Ambassador Masood Khan said such exchanges will help people better understand each other's per­spectives and cultures.

He noted that the 75th Anniver­sary of the establishment of Pak-US Diplomatic ties this year is an excel­lent opportunity to show the close cultural linkages between the two countries.

Masood Khan invited the Smithso­nian Institute to partner with the Em­bassy in this regard and collaborate with Pakistani embassy in facilitat­ing bilateral exchanges and organiz­ing events to promote rich Pakistani culture in the United States.

Dr Taylor welcomed the idea and vowed to collaborate to mark this important milestone.

He also briefed the Ambassador on the rich collection maintained by the Smithsonian Institute on Pakistan, particularly on Kashmir.

Alluding to his frequent travelling to Pakistan, Dr Taylor expressed in­terest in working on the rich cultural heritage of the region.

He also shared his earlier collab­oration with Lok Virsa on different projects as well as his ongoing col­laborations in Lahore on a series of programs encouraging local produc­tion of films in Central and South Punjab.

He also spoke about various fel­lowships and research opportuni­ties offered by the Smithsonian In­stitute for graduate, pre-doctoral, or post-doctoral students