US is looking forward to PM Khan’s reform agenda, says outgoing ambassador

  • Says Pompeo’s forthcoming visit intended to start a new chapter in bilateral ties

The outgoing United States (US) Ambassador to Pakistan David Hale on Friday said that his country is looking forward to Prime Minister Imran Khan’s reform agenda in the US with anticipation.

He made this statement during his farewell visit at the Foreign Office (FO) hosted by Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi.

Hale said that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s forthcoming visit intends to express the “readiness to turn the page” in terms of Pakistan-US ties, FO spokesperson’s office said.

Foreign Minister Qureshi underscored the importance of Pakistan’s longstanding relations with the US and said that he looked forward to welcoming US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Islamabad.

Qureshi assured Ambassador Hale that the future dealings with US leadership would be based on honesty and sincerity so as to develop a sustained partnership in the interest of both countries.

He thanked Ambassador Hale for his services in Pakistan and congratulated him on in his next assignment as Undersecretary for Political Affairs at the US State Department, the press release said.

He expressed the hope that as someone who understood Pakistan and the region, Hale would be able to play a positive role in the strengthening of bilateral relations and for peace and prosperity in the region.

Ambassador Hale thanked Qureshi and acknowledged the foreign minister’s role in bilateral relations in his earlier tenure and thanked the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the cordiality and cooperation extended to him during his assignment in Pakistan.