Ambassador Jalil Abbas Jilani visited the Capitol Hill on 15th January to meet senior leader of key Congressional Committees.
These included Congressman Michael McCaul, Chairman House Homeland Security Committee, Congresswoman Kay Granger, Chairwoman House Appropriations Subcommittee on State & Foreign Operations, and Congressman Chris Van Hollen, the Ranking Member of the House budget committee.
While discussing a wide range of issues in Pakistan-US bilateral relations in these meetings, Ambassador Jilani expressed appreciation on the positive impact of US assistance to Pakistan. He underscored that both countries needed to continue working together in the future for a more secure, stable and prosperous region.
In this respect, Ambassador Jilani highlighted the useful role that expanded trade relations can play for economic development and fighting extremism.
Congresswoman Granger welcomed the Ambassador to the new assignment and emphasized the need for maintaining close communication between both sides to make the US support most productive.
Congressman McCaul recalled his previous visit to Pakistan and expressed interest in the developments in Pakistan and the region in the recent past while expressing appreciation for Pakistan’s outreach to its neighbours and measures to improve economic governance.
Congressman Chris Van Hollen expressed satisfaction on the positive trajectory of bilateral relations and agreed that expanding trade and economic ties is the best investment for a robust future relationship.
January 16, 2014