WASHINGTON: Sherry Rehman arrived in the US capital on a chilly afternoon to assume the position of Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States.
A Pakistan Embassy spokesperson told The Express Tribune that the former MNA was greeted at the airport by State Department and Pakistan Embassy officials.
The spokesperson added that Rehman will be at the Pakistan Embassy on Monday. “She will pay courtesy calls to senior State Department officials during the week.”
The spokesperson also said that Rehman would meet US President Barack Obama on January 18 to present her credentials.
Earlier, White House spokesperson Caitlin Hayden told The Express Tribune, “The United States has granted agrément to Rehman as the Pakistani Ambassador to the United States. At the appropriate time in the near future, she will be invited to the White House to join other newly-arrived Ambassadors in presenting their credentials to the President.”
Rehman was appointed as Pakistan’s representative to the US after her predecessor, Husain Haqqani was asked to resign for his alleged involvement in the Memogate scandal. Rehman, then a siting Member of the National Assembly, had to give up her seat in the upper house.
She arrives at a time when relations between Pakistan and the US are at their lowest ebb.