Washington DC, 13 January 2024 (TDI): Richard R. Verma, the US Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources has been on an official trip to the Middle East and Pakistan from January 8-12. The countries he visited in the Middle East include Israel, Jordan, and Iraq.
The Deputy Secretary himself issued the official media note of the trip.
The official website of the US Department of State mentioned that the Secretary met with officials from the respective countries.
The Deputy Secretary visited Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. He met with staff at the respective US embassies and consulates. Furthermore, he thanked them for their work, and management, and discussed matters relating to bilateral and regional issues.
The Deputy Secretary visited the capital of Jordan, Amman. In addition, he met with officials from the US embassy and discussed the ongoing regional tensions that are spewed across.
In Baghdad, the Deputy Secretary met with Prime Minister Mohammed Shia’Al Sudani and discussed the US commitment to a secure, stable, and sovereign Iraq. Moreover, he emphasized the importance of close cooperation between the US and Iraq to address shared security concerns.
In Islamabad, Deputy Secretary Verma discussed a wide range of matters that highlighted shared interests and areas of cooperation. Furthermore, he met with Pakistani senior officials, international organizations, and, like-minded partners that underscored the US unwavering commitment to assisting Afghans who worked for the US previously.
Moreover, the Deputy Secretary stressed protecting the vulnerable populations while facilitating the resettlement of eligible Afghans.
In addition, Deputy Verma engaged business leaders to discuss outcomes through which the US can support economic reforms in the country. Trade and investment would help bring stability and prosperity to Pakistan.
Lastly, Deputy Secretary Richard Verma showed his delightfulness to the Middle Eastern and Pakistan trip and thanked the consulates at US embassies for strengthening the US ties with respective countries.