Enhancing ties with Pakistan top priority: US envoy Donald

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Wants more American companies to invest in Pakistan

New US Ambassador to Pakistan Donald Blome said on Tuesday that enhancing ties with Pakistan was his “top priority” and that they wanted more American companies to invest in Pakistan. “Enhancing ties is our top priority. We welcome US investment in the stock exchange, and we want more and more companies to come to Pakistan,” he said.

Blome expressed these views during a visit to the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) where he rang the bourse’s gong to mark the beginning of the trading session.

The US envoy highlighted the need for measures to “strengthen trade ties with Pakistan” and said that US companies were manufacturing excellent products. The US envoy said on the occasion that it was his first visit to Karachi and he was pleased to have visited the PSX. “This is my first trip to Karachi and I am feeling really good after arriving here,” he said.

He added this year would mark the completion of 75 years of ties between the US and Pakistan PSX Chairperson Shamshad Akhtar also spoke on the occasion and said: “We have to work together with developed countries and make the country progress.” She said the US and Pakistan have good trade ties since 1970.

The US envoy’s visit to the PSX comes after he signalled Washing­ton’s intention to move on from the regime change controversy which is rooted in former prime minister Imran Khan’s claim of the US orchestrating his ouster from the government — by engaging in a robust two-way communication with the country’s government, political parties and civil society.