Washington DC, 14 February 2023 (TDI): Pakistani Ambassador to the United States (US), Masood Khan called for forging new linkages between Pakistan and the US in several fields including education, research, and technology.

His remarks come during the visit to the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Sunday. Pakistan’s Consul General in New York, Ayesha Ali also accompanied Ambassador Masood Khan during the visit.

People-Centric relationship between Pakistan, US

Ambassador Masood Khan said that one of the key features of the Pak-US relationship is that it is people-centric, people to people ties have been at the heart of this relationship.

He highlighted that links between the two countries’ scientists, researchers, and academics have always been an important component of such people-to-people ties.

Likewise interactions in the higher education field between the institutions of Pakistan and the US “are a very important dimension of the overall partnership.”

Ambassador Masood Khan also added, “It is against this historically rich backdrop that our two governments have accorded high priority to deepening our cooperation in the field of education as we chart the course ahead for this defining stand-alone partnership.”

Kumble Subbaswamy, Chancellor of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, while thanking the Ambassador reflected on the legacy of their frequent exchange programs from Pakistan under the University’s Civic Initiative.

The Initiative is run in partnership with the US State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Study of the US Institutes.

The Ambassador thanked the Chancellor for his support and valuable partnership and assured him of the Government of Pakistan’s continued support in building linkages between Pakistan’s Universities with the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

It is also to be noted that, currently hundreds of Pakistani students are studying at Amherst University in different disciplines.

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During the visit Ambassador Masood Khan also interacted with a group of university teachers who visited Pakistan in 2019 on an exchange program.

The Ambassador also addressed fifty students of Economics and Global History at Amherst Regional Public School to discuss the diplomatic relationship between Pakistan & the US with a focus on how students & youth can play a significant role in shaping its future.