In an effort to engage the United States Congress, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States Asad Majeed Khan appraised lawmakers in Washington on the restraint demonstrated by Islamabad amid tensions with New Delhi.
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The ambassador met Chairman US Senate Armed Services Committee James Inhofe, Republican Senate Todd Young who serves on the US Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee and Republican Representative Ted Yoho who is a member of the US House Subcommittee on Asia which is a subcommittee within the US House Foreign Affairs Committee.
In the meetings at the Capitol Hill in Washington, Khan conveyed Pakistan’s perspective on the regional situation and noted “the restraint and resolve Pakistan had demonstrated in the face of India’s sabre-rattling during the recent tensions between the two countries”.
The diplomat also reiterated Islamabad’s efforts to back a political settlement in Afghanistan. He stressed that ensuring peace in the neighbouring country was “ultimately a shared responsibility” among all stakeholders.
Khan also drew the US lawmakers’ attention towards the “marked improvement in Pakistan’s security and investment environment” in an attempt to attract potential business cooperation between the long-term allies.
He briefed the interlocutors on the latest developments in bilateral ties and asserted the importance of “sustained and broad-based engagement” between Islamabad and Washington.
The congressmen affirmed on the need “for continued cooperation between the two countries” to achieve common objectives in the region.
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Since assuming office at the Embassy of Pakistan in Washington, the envoy has met several leaders. Earlier, he met with Senator Mitt Romney, chair of the US Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on South Asia and member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee as well as the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions and the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committees.