New Pakistani envoy to present credentials to Trump today

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WASHINGTON: Newly-appointed envoy of Pakistan to the United States (US) Dr Asad Majeed Khan will present his credentials to President Donald Trump on Friday (today).

In a ceremony at the White House today, the ambassadors of Afghanistan and India will also present their credentials along with Dr Khan to the US president.

Dr Majeed reached the US capital on January 8 to take helm of his new position. He is a career diplomat and was serving as Pakistan’s ambassador to Tokyo.

Prior to Dr Majeed’s appointment, Ali Jehangir Siddiqui was serving on the important post in the US. Ali was nominated by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government days before its departure but stayed here for more than seven months from May 9 to Dec 25, 2018.

Dr Khan would be Pakistan’s 29th Ambassador to the United States. He served as Pakistan’s Charge d’Affaires ad interim to the United States from May 2013 to January 2014 and as Deputy Chief of Mission from March 2012 to September 2015.

Former Pakistani ambassador, Senator Sherry Rehman, welcomed the appointment of Majeed saying, she “strongly cheered” this development. “He held the job for six months after I had resigned and even while I was serving, (he was) a stellar, upright and smart diplomat, able to move with the times and challenges,” she tweeted.

Couple of months after the current government took charge, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry confirmed in October that it had been decided to change Pakistan Ambassador to the United States.

 

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