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Bridging The Gap
Ambassador Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry speaking at an interactive Dialogue with Pakistani community in Houston ​on​ 04 May 2018.
  Sunday 06 May, 2018
Ambassador Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry speaking at an interactive Dialogue with Pakistani community in Houston ​on​ 04 May 2018.

Ambassador Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry is undertaking a visit of Texas from 04-07 May 2018 as part of his ongoing outreach to the Pakistani American community as well as US officials hailing from the second largest State in the country.

In the first leg of his visit, Ambassador held an interactive dialogue with a cross section of the community in Houston on 04 May. The Dialogue on "Diaspora Role in strengthening Pak -US relations” was hosted by the International Academy of Letters. Members of the Houston community greatly appreciated this lively interactive dialogue and made several useful suggestions to the Ambassador for strengthening this important role. Accompanied by Consul General of Houston Aisha Farooqui, the Ambassador laid out his vision of the increasing role of our community in every sphere of activity in the US.

On 05 May, Ambassador Chaudhry held important meetings in Dallas at Pak America Business Forum on economic and investment opportunities in Pakistan. He informed the audience that unlike the doom and gloom stories carried by the media, the political and economic reality of Pakistan was far more stable and on a positive trajectory. It was therefore important to visit Pakistan and seek out opportunities for closer and mutually profitable linkages. The Consul General also informed the audience on the role played by her office to connect businesses in Pakistan and the US and invited Pakistani American businessmen to reach out to the Consulate for information and assistance.

Later on 05 May, the Ambassador had in depth and frank discussions with Congressman Pete Sessions, Chairman of House Rules Committee and the Secretary of State of Texas Ronaldo Pablos. In his discussions, the Ambassador succinctly laid out Pakistan's view on bilateral and regional situation urging that seventy years of bilateral relations should not be put aside for short term interests. Pakistan was open to deeper and wider engagement with US and hoped that this sentiment would be equally reciprocated.

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