'Bright future': Ambassador Masood Khan on Pak-US bilateral ties 'Bright future': Ambassador Masood Khan on Pak-US bilateral ties

‘Bright future’: Ambassador Masood Khan on Pak-US bilateral ties

Pakistan’s Ambassador to US Masood Khan speaks at the reception hosted by the Pakistani embassy in Washington to commemorate Pakistan Day on March 23, 2024. — X/@PakinUSA
  • Envoy thanks US State Dept for strengthening bilateral ties.
  • Khan stresses ties based on trade, investment and energy.
  • USAID official reaffirms support for Islamabad’s development goals.

Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States Masood Khan has said that the two countries have a “magnificent past and bright future” with both sides striving to revise bilateral ties based on trade, investment, green energy healthcare, education and science and technology.

Ambassador Masood’s remarks came while speaking at a reception held at the Pakistan embassy in Washington on the occasion of Pakistan Day — celebrated on March 23 to commemorate the Lahore Resolution in 1940.

Paying tribute to Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah for his unparalleled resolve and leadership, the envoy underscored the significance of the Pakistan Resolution terming it as a milestone which later materialised into the creation of an independent state.

Expressing gratitude to the US State Department for its efforts to strengthen bilateral relations, Khan reiterated Islamabad’s resolve to a “peaceful neighbourhood”.

He also lamented the human rights violations in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) stressing that the Kashmiris should be allowed to exercise their right to self-determination in line with the United Nations (UN) resolutions.

Furthermore, the ambassador conferred the country’s national awards on two Pakistani Americans Nasruddin Rupani and Hafeez Khan.

Speaking on the occasion, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Assistant Administrator of the Bureau for Asia Michael Schiffer reaffirmed Washington’s support for Islamabad’s long-term development goals.

On the prospective areas of cooperation between the two countries, Schiffer underscored the significance of the hydropower sector, access to technology and quality education, and mitigation of trade barriers.

Accentuating the approval of the global climate fund to boost Pakistan’s efforts to tackle climate change and water scarcity, the official stressed that the Green Alliance Framework — a joint initiative between the two countries — is assisting Pakistan to address future challenges pertaining to climate, energy and economy.

He also recalled that the USAID between 2022 and 2023, had joined hands with the Pakistani diaspora to mobilise $197 million in flood relief along and investment in a wide array of sectors with mutual interests.

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