Washington DC, 12 May 2022 (TDI): The Pakistani Ambassador to the United States, Ambassador Masood Khan, called on Derek Chollet, the Counselor/Advisor at the US Department of State.

At the meeting, the representatives discussed ways to strengthen the enduring bilateral ties between Pakistan and the United States.

This year, Pakistan and the United States are celebrating 75 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries. Both representatives agreed to reinforce and fortify the 75-year-old ties and to keep relations on a steady trajectory for the future.

Moreover, the officials addressed issues of mutual interest. They agreed to expand engagement in various sectors including trade, investment, climate, energy, and health.

Furthermore, they discussed ways to cooperate to promote peace and stability in Afghanistan.

USA-Pakistan Ties

This year Pakistan and the United States will mark 75 years of official diplomatic relations. The countries established relations in October 1947, two months after the independence of Pakistan.

The political ties between the United States and Pakistan have seen periods ranging from cordiality to hostility throughout the 75 years.

However, relations in the fields of health, education, economy and trade, culture, science and technology, and development cooperation have seen sufficient growth.

Moreover, the US assists Pakistan through aid and investment. The United States’ foreign direct investment (FDI) in Pakistan was $256 million in 2019, a 73.0% increase from the previous year.

In 2019, two-way trade between the two countries amounted to $6.6 billion. The United States imported goods from Pakistan worth $3.9 billion in 2019.

These goods mainly included textile articles, knit apparel, woven apparel ($607 million), cotton, and leather products.

In addition, the Pakistani diaspora in the United States forms a major component of relations between Pakistan and the US.

Furthermore, the two countries intensified health diplomacy in the wake of the Covid19 pandemic. The United States has donated thousands of Covid19 vaccines to Pakistan during the pandemic.

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