Beyond conflict: Pak-US ties not limited to ongoing war, says Gabriel Escobar

Published: March 14, 2014
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US consul general says there will be a focus on people to people interaction, education.

US consul general says there will be a focus on people to people interaction, education.

PESHAWAR: Relations with Pakistan are not limited to the ongoing war; the US also plans for people to people interaction, particularly between the youth from both the countries, shared United States Consul General to Peshawar Gabriel Escobar.

After signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the University of Peshawar (UoP) to jointly establish a public information and activity centre at the university’s Lincolns Corner, Escobar said the new generation of both countries should move forward to build stronger ties.

“The US will support students from the tribal areas studying at UoP in their pursuit for higher education,” Escobar was quoted  as saying in a press statement issued on Thursday.

“We have been focusing on South East Asia for mutual cooperation in the fields of economics and commerce in the future.”

The prevailing environment has caused the youth in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) and tribal areas trouble, said UoP Vice Chancellor (VC). “People from the tribal areas have had enough of the war and it was the right time to take concrete measures for peace.”

Developmental activities and the promotion of education should follow for economic and infrastructure development in the war-torn belt, added the VC.

The MoU will remain effective for three years wherein the university will be offering maintenance and operational support to Lincolns Corner allowing the US Consulate to organise seminars and public activities on local and international issues after gaining prior permission from the UoP.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 14th, 2014. 

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