Democratic Pakistan for cordial relations with US: Ambassador Jilani

WASHINGTON: Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States Jalil Abbas Jilani, in a series of meetings with members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said a democratic Pakistan wishes to have cordial working relationship with the United States.

In the recent days, the ambassador met with a number of Congressmen belonging to the influential House of Representatives panel on foreign affairs to discuss bilateral relations and the regional situation.

The members of the Committee who received the Ambassador included Rep. Ed Royce (R- CA), Chairman of Foreign Affairs Committee; Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY) Ranking Member of the Committee; Rep. William Keating (D- Massachusetts) Ranking Member of Subcommittee on Emerging Threats; Rep. Randy Weber (R- TX); Rep. Steve Stockman (R- TX), Rep. Joe Kennedy (D- Massachusetts) and Rep. Jackie Speier (D- CA).

During the interactions, Ambassador Jilani briefed the American legislators on the state of bilateral relations and the policies undertaken by the current government to enhance economic governance, improve internal security and overtures made to build better relations with Pakistan’s neighbors.

Ambassador Jilani informed Congressmen that Pakistan deeply values Congressional support for democracy and various programs providing assistance to his country in energy, education, health, security and other areas.

He also underscored the need to broaden people-to-people contacts including the parliamentary exchanges.

According to the Pakistani embassy, matters related to regional developments also came up during these discussions.

The U.S. lawmakers noted the positive trajectory of Pakistan-US bilateral relations and expressed the hope that both nations would continue to develop a wide-ranging mutually beneficial cooperation in the future.