New US envoy advocates building strong trade ties with Pakistan

ISLAMABADUS Ambassador-designate to Pakistan Donald Blome has declared that Washington wanted to build strong economic and trade ties with Pakistan which would be in the US interest.

Briefing the US Senate Committee during his confirmation hearing, Donald Blome said under its geo-economic policy the US wants to enhance economic and commercial relations with Pakistan.

The envoy expressed his conviction to work for Pakistan’s digital economy and intellectual property protection, besides promoting transparent and vast investment in the country.

The diplomat said the US wants to build better mutual and bilateral relationships between Pakistan and India, adding, “The region cannot afford any other conflict,” he added.

“Being an ambassador in Pakistan, safe evacuation of American citizens from Afghanistan will be my priority,” he said, adding the US diplomatic mission in Pakistan would strive for a stable and all-inclusive government in Afghanistan. “I will make sure that Afghanistan does not turn into a safe haven for extremists,” he said.

About the US assistance to Pakistan to overcome the Covid pandemic, Blome said the US has donated 100,000 masks and 25,000 personal protection equipment to Pakistan, besides giving 27 million vaccination doses and 200 ventilators.  TF Report

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