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US envoy Ali Jahangir attends first public event in Washington

WASHINGTON: New ambassador to the United States Ali Jahangir Siddiqui attended his first public event in Washington that was arranged by a Republican leader Sajid Tarrar to welcome the new Pakistani envoy to the US.

Speaking to the attendees of the event, he asserted that he is determined to strengthen the ties between US and Pakistan. “Resolution of issues of Pakistani community is our priority because this very community will assist in bringing betterment to the Pak-US relations,” he added.

Siddiqui urged everyone to take part in Pakistan’s revival and reemergence and assured “we are our well on our way towards it”.

“You can support us in many ways,” the ambassador said. “But more important than that is to participate in your political discourse and process.”

“If you can do that, then you can carry the Pakistan story and naturally offer a perspective that is your own, presenting Pakistan in a fair way,” he added.

A day earlier, during his visit to the While House, Siddiqui presented his credentials and related documents to President Donald Trump.

The event marked the onset for him to officially start working as a Pakistani diplomat.

On May 8, Siddiqui was appointed as the ambassador to the US after Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry, his predecessor, resigned from the post. The new envoy reached Washington, DC on May 29 and took charge of his new role of ambassadorship on May 30.

Siddiqui, who holds a BA in Economics from Cornell University, US, is the son of the famous banker and businessman Jahangir Siddiqui. He has served as director of Airblue airlines, Lucky Cement, Azgard Nine along with several other companies. In 2014, he was honoured as a Young Global Leader by World Economic Forum.

Besides, he has also served as member of the Privatisation Commission, the Private Sector Advisory Board of the Planning Commission, the Sindh Board of Investment, and as member of the Community Development Board of the Government of Sindh.

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