US official Derek termed his visit to Pakistan as ‘very productive’


By Shabbir Hussain

ISLAMABAD, Sept 12 (Diplomatic Star): The US State Department Consul Derek Shule has described his 3-day visit to Pakistan as very productive and expressed hope that bilateral relations will be further strengthened in trade, investment, clean energy, health, security, education and other common priorities. .

Posting his excitement and professional experience on his social media account and later in a statement released at the end of Derrick Scholey’s visit to Pakistan, the American Embassy in Islamabad said that the United States and Pakistan have strong bilateral relations based on decades of cooperation.

During his visit to Pakistan, a delegation of senior US government officials from the US Department of State, Department of Defense, US Agency for International Development and the White House’s National Security Council visited Islamabad and Karachi from September 7 to 9.

During their visit, the US high-level delegation met with top government officials, civil society members, private sector leaders.

The purpose of the visit by the US officials was to highlight the importance of the bilateral partnership and reaffirm common goals as the two countries complete 75 years of diplomatic relations.

The press release stated that during the meeting with Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Derrick Scholey discussed strengthening US-Pakistan bilateral relations, including increasing cooperation in the fields of trade, investment, climate and health. .

He also highlighted the strong bilateral health partnership between the two countries, particularly reiterating the US initiative to donate over 77 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine to Pakistan, the statement said.

Derek Shule, who serves as a senior policy advisor to US Secretary of State Anthony Blanken, also met Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa and discussed US opportunities for flood relief and security cooperation in Pakistan.

As an example of this security cooperation, the US official informed the Pakistani leadership that the State Department had ordered Pakistan’s F-16s.

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The press release stated that in a meeting with Finance Minister Miftah Ismail, the senior US official discussed the importance of entrepreneurship and Pakistan’s economic potential.

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The statement said that during a round table meeting with representatives of civil society, the US official discussed their activities related to upholding democracy, defense of marginalized sections and empowerment of women.

During his visit to Karachi, Derek Shule met Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah and discussed opportunities to expand the US-Pakistan trade partnership and other shared priorities.

They also discussed the current situation in Sindh, the huge damage caused by the floods and the American aid provided in this regard.