Recently, Consul General Tariq Karim addressed the Illinois General Assembly at the State Capital in Springfield, today. He was warmly received by Speaker of Illinois House of Representatives, Honorable Emanuel “Chris” Welch.
In his address, the Consul General, inter alia: emphasized Pakistan’s geo-strategic significance, its achievements and potential; various dimensions of the Pakistan-US relations; Pakistan’s growing partnership with the State of Illinois; and the role of Pakistani Diaspora.
The Consul general stated that, despite various challenges and odds, Pakistan has achieved several milestones in the last 75 years. He highlighted that Pakistan’s geographic location, its demographic dividend and market size, democratic orientation, rich human and natural resources and liberal investment policies have made Pakistan as an important business and investment destination in the world. He also shared Pakistan’s success stories in various fields, including the rapid growth of thriving start-ups and tech ecosystem, expansion of infrastructure and industry, its fight against terrorism and handling the Covid-19 pandemic, empowerment of women and minorities. The Consul General underlined that Pakistan has pursued a policy of peaceful neighborhood, with cordial relations with all neighbors, regional connectivity, and economic development. Drawing attention towards the plight of Kashmiris, he stated that a just and peaceful resolution of the J&K dispute in accordance with the wishes of its people could open an opportunity for regional cooperation and development.
The Consul General stressed the importance of longstanding relationship between Pakistan and the United States. He stated that the foundation of Pakistan-US strategic and economic partnership was laid shortly after the birth of Pakistan in 1947 which has served the interest of the two countries and contributed in making the world safer. The Consul General also shared with the Chamber the success story of eighty US enterprises and corporations doing business in Pakistan, the expanding Pakistan-US trade as well as investment opportunities. He stated that the prospects of Pakistan-US relations were bright and there was an enormous potential between the two countries to further expand their ties in diverse fields.
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