Published On: Fri, Mar 28th, 2014
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Pakistan desires to promote trade with United States: Jilani

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WASHINGTON: Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States Jalil Abbas Jilani has said his country desires to promote trade with the United States. Talking to journalists in Washington, he said the expanded ties in trade and investment would help speed up Pakistan’s efforts towards economic development.

Ambassador Jilani said Pakistan wants American investment in energy sector and looking forward to Washington’s support for big projects like Diamer Bhasha Dam.

He said we want to see a robust increase in our trade relations with greater export of Pakistani products to the US market that will help spur economic growth and bring jobs to people.

On the issue of proposed ten million dollars reduction in annual allocation for Pakistan by a US House of Representative Committee, the envoy said the reduction will not affect the overall assistance for Pakistan.

He said the US assistance has been useful, but futuristically Pakistan is looking to expand trade and investment relations with the United States.

Earlier, speaking at a gathering of American academics, officials and Pakistani students, the envoy said the young Pakistanis getting higher education in various US universities would serve as a great bridge in reinforcing bilateral understanding.

Speaking on the occasion, US Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Evan Ryan said since 1950, over 2800 Pakistani and over 800 American scholars have benefited under the scholarship program for Pakistan.