Ambassador to US: Sherry Rehman arrives in Washington

Published: January 8, 2012
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Sherry Rehman  will present her credentials to Obama on January 18. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Sherry Rehman will present her credentials to Obama on January 18. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

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.

(Read: Sherry Rehman appointed Pakistan’s Ambassador to the US )

She arrives at a time when relations between Pakistan and the US are at their lowest ebb.

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Jan 8, 2012 - 7:44AM

    Congratulations and good luck. Keep safe distance from Pakistani origin people.

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  • AnisAqeel
    Jan 8, 2012 - 9:12AM

    Welcome to the USA, a lot of catch-up needed but we are confident of your abilities.

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Jan 8, 2012 - 9:36AM

    Best of luck to Sherry Rahman. I hope that she will be able to reduce the distance between the diplomatic relations of Pakistan and US.

    My only advice to her if she wants to succeed and survive as Ambassador of Pakistan to US is to keep away from the Black-Berry man.

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  • andrew
    Jan 8, 2012 - 9:40AM

    god bless her…brave lady

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  • Paki-Australian
    Jan 8, 2012 - 10:20AM

    A progressive soft figure will help Pakistan’s image and eventually relations with US. A good move! Thanks Ms. Rehman.

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  • Liberalache
    Jan 8, 2012 - 11:33AM

    Wanted: Candidates for Pakistani Ambassador to the US
    Must be a die-hard loyalist, deeply unpopular with the public at large, marred in one life-threatening controversy or another, have ditched at least one spouse within the last 5 years (multiple divorcees and cheaters preferred), and qualify as a “wretched hag”

    Applicants may email their resumes to getmethehelloutofhere AT gmail . com

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  • Jp
    Jan 8, 2012 - 11:48AM

    She is the right person for the right job in the present situation

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  • Gul Khan
    Jan 8, 2012 - 11:55AM

    She is a democratic and sincere lady. I am hopeful she would keep Pakistan’s interests ahead in engaging in any talks with US, unlike Haqqanis who always talked for the interests of US.

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  • j. von hettlingen
    Jan 8, 2012 - 3:54PM

    With Hina Rabbani Khar as foreign minister and Sherry Rehman as Pakistan’s ambassador to the U.S., the frosty relationship between the two countries could thaw. Let’s hope that the two women are not at the bidding of the ISI and their diplomatic skills are as good as their looks.

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