To prepare for arguably the country’s most complex bilateral relationship, ambassador-designate to the US, Sherry Rehman, met the president, the foreign minister and foreign secretary on Thursday.
President Asif Ali Zardari’s press office said that the meeting focused on matters pertaining to her new assignment. Rehman earlier served as the information minister for the incumbent government.
The president congratulated Rehman on her new assignment and urged her to concentrate on further enhancing the Pak-US bilateral relations with a focus on strengthening democracy and democratic institutions and trade, commercial and investment ties.
Rehman thanked the president for the trust and confidence he had reposed in her and assured that she will perform her responsibilities as ambassador of Pakistan in a spirited manner and with full devotion. She said she will earnestly work to augment Pakistan’s bilateral relations with the US and endeavour to defend interests of Pakistan at all international forums especially in Washington.
Separately, she also held a meeting with Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar and Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir where she was advised on Pak-US relations.
Khar, who was named foreign minister in July in an equally surprising appointment, congratulated Rehman on her nomination, wishing her “all the success.”
Published in The Express Tribune, November 25th, 2011.