Washington: As a part of outreach to academia and engagement with Pakistani-Americans, Ambassador Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry paid a day-long visit to Richmond, capital of Virginia, today.
Ambassador Chaudhry was hosted by Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) over a lunch with distinguished guests from the United States Government and academia followed by his talk on "Future of Pakistan-US relations."
In his remarks, Ambassador Chaudhry stressed the importance of the multi-faceted Pakistan-US relationship in diverse fields including, education, culture, economic, defense and security. He expressed hope for better and continued Pakistan-US relations for the benefit of both the nations.
At the VCU, the Ambassador also had the opportunity to interact with participants of Humphrey Fellowship Program including Pakistani students at the University. He appreciated such educational programs which not only exposed the participants to a global environment but also enhanced their capacity.
In the evening, Ambassador Chaudhry met Pakistani-American community notables including professionals from Association of Physicians of Pakistani-Descent of North-America (APPNA)'s Virginia chapter. He congratulated APPNA for building a successful and the largest organization of Pakistani origin professionals and lauded their work for country of their heritage.
He also appreciated the important contributions that Pakistani-Americans had made to the progress and prosperity of the United States. The Ambassador noted that Pakistani diaspora was serving as a strong bridge between Pakistan and the United States. The Ambassador remarked that the Embassy and our four consulates remain committed to serving the consular needs of the community. He also appreciated the role of the community in promoting the values of tolerance, harmony and understanding. He also noted Pakistani diaspora’s increasing participation in political life of their adopted homeland.