US envoy appreciates Pakistani diaspora over strong bilateral relationship

Says our strong, enduring partnership will continue to improve lives of Pakistanis and Americans

ISLAMABAD    -    United States Ambassador to Pakistan Donald Blome has appreciated the important role being played by the Paki­stani diaspora in business and government who had built a network of personal and pro­fessional connections and es­tablished a strong foundation for the US-Pakistan relation­ship. “Our strong, enduring partnership will continue to improve the lives of Paki­stanis and Americans and have a positive global impact. The U.S.-Pakistan Green Al­liance Framework is a prime example,” he said as he spoke at the CASS Ambassador Lec­ture on “Pak-US Relations: The Way Forward” organised by the Centre for Aerospace & Security Studies, here in the capital. Ambassador Blome, a seasoned diplomat, who earlier served in Tunisia, discussed the 75 years of bi­lateral relations between the two countries, especially de­cades of development assis­tance which had supported the construction of schools, hospitals and built highways throughout the country, as well as education through its scholarship programmes. 

He appreciated the im­portant role being played by Pakistani Diaspora in busi­ness and government who had built a network of per­sonal and professional con­nections that had established a strong foundation for the US-Pak relationship. Ambas­sador Blome also highlighted the long history of humani­tarian work from the earth­quake of 2005 and floods of 2010 and 2011 to the recent devastating super floods in the country to ensure Paki­stanis in need received life-saving assistance. Moderated by Ambassador Jalil Abbas Jilani, Advisor to CASS on For­eign Affairs, the talk was fol­lowed by a candid Question/Answer session between the Ambassador and participants who included serving and retired military officers, aca­demia and diplomats. Deliv­ering his concluding remarks, President CASS Air Marshal Farhat Hussain Khan (Retd) thanked the guest speaker and was hopeful that strong foundations of the Pak-US relationship would further strengthen their bilateral ties, especially inclusive eco­nomic growth, and regional peace and prosperity.

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