White-Washing: Obama meets Pakistan’s new face

Published: January 20, 2012
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Rehman presents official letter of recall for former Ambassador Haqqani, her letter of credentials to US President. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

Rehman presents official letter of recall for former Ambassador Haqqani, her letter of credentials to US President. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

WASHINGTON: 

Pakistan’s new ambassador to the US Sherry Rehman met with US President Barack Obama on Wednesday, who formally accepted her credentials as ambassador. In a ceremony held at the Oval Office at the White House, 15 ambassadors presented their credentials to the US President.

In the credentialing ceremony, Rehman presented the official letter of recall for former Ambassador Husain Haqqani, and her letter of credentials to the US President. She also, as part of the ceremony, presented her written remarks to President Obama, who gave a written reply to the prepared remarks.

Rehman said that as Pakistan’s representative, she would strengthen bilateral ties and set them on “firmer, transparent and equitable footing,” and sought the support of the Pakistani-American community in advancing mutual ties, a Pakistan Embassy official said. Following the meeting, Rehman also met US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 20th, 2012.

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  • sharifL
    Jan 20, 2012 - 10:35AM

    That is one appointment I endorse. A person of integrity.

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  • mr akhter
    Jan 20, 2012 - 11:24AM

    Ms Rehman may be a highly educated politician,however in this time of crisis we needed a skilled and experienced diplomat. Dr Maliha Lodhi would have been a far better choice.

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  • Awkay
    Jan 20, 2012 - 12:13PM

    Appointment… disappointment.

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  • John B
    Jan 20, 2012 - 12:41PM

    Diplomacy is about personal contacts. She is new to the scene for such an important post, like the FM. Hope she does well in easing the tensions. She is going to be in Washington for only a short time until the present PAK gov is in power, and she has lot of work to do.

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  • Cautious
    Jan 20, 2012 - 6:11PM

    Didn’t you just run this same article? She met Obama with 14 other Ambassadors in std ceremony – no big deal.

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