President Donald J. Trump Announces a National Security Strategy to Advance America’s Interests

“Our government’s first duty is to its people, to our citizens — to serve their needs, to ensure their safety, to preserve their rights, and to defend their values.” President Donald J. Trump A NEW NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY FOR A NEW ERA: Less than a year after taking office, President Donald J. Trump is unveiling a ...
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Ambassador Hale Op-Ed: Building on Secretary Tillerson’s Visit

By David M. Hale, Ambassador of the United States of America Secretary Tillerson’s visit to Pakistan last week demonstrated the significance that the United States places on our relationship with Pakistan and the vital work that still awaits us.  The Secretary discussed our continued cooperation and partnership, expanding economic ties between the United States and ...
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Secretary Tillerson’s statement on the Rescue of Caitlan Coleman, Joshua Boyle, and Their Family From Terrorist Captivity

The United States Government, working in conjunction with the Government of Pakistan, has secured the release of the Boyle-Coleman family from captivity in Pakistan. In 2012, U.S. citizen Caitlan Coleman and Canadian citizen Joshua Boyle were taken hostage by the Haqqani network. Their three children were subsequently born in captivity. Today they are safe and ...
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Statement from President Donald J. Trump on Recovering the Boyle-Coleman Family from Captivity in Pakistan

In 2012, Caitlan Coleman, an American citizen, and her husband, Joshua Boyle, a Canadian citizen, were taken captive and held hostage by the Haqqani network, a terrorist organization with ties to the Taliban. Ms. Coleman gave birth to the couple’s three children while they were in captivity. Yesterday, the United States government, working in conjunction ...
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Ambassador Hale’s Remarks at the Seventh Annual Leadership Conference for Persons with Disabilities

Date: September 26, 2017 Location: Ramada Hotel, Islamabad Remarks as Prepared Asalamu Alaikum.  It is a pleasure to be here as you begin the seventh annual leadership conference for persons with disabilities. I would like to thank STEP President Muhammad Atif Sheikh and STEP Projects Director Abia Akram for their invitation. It is also a ...
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Ambassador Hale’s Remarks at the Inaugural Meeting of the Steering Committee for the IEP

Date: September 18, 2017 Location: Islamabad Remarks as Prepared Asalamu Alaikum.  It is a pleasure and an honor to open this inaugural meeting of the Steering Committee for the Integrated Energy Plan with Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Sartaj Aziz.  Mr. Aziz has played a significant role for decades in Pakistan’s governance, growth, and development, in ...
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Statement By Secretary Tillerson on the United States’ Engagement in South Asia

August 21, 2017 Statement on the United States’ Engagement in South Asia This evening, President Trump announced the new integrated strategy for the U.S. approach to South Asia that will require diplomatically engaging Pakistan, Afghanistan and India to create the conditions for stability in the region. This new strategy signals clear support for the Afghan ...
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REMARKS BY PRESIDENT TRUMP ON THE STRATEGY IN AFGHANISTAN AND SOUTH ASIA

Fort Myer Arlington, Virginia 9:02 P.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  Thank you.  Please be seated. Vice President Pence, Secretary of State Tillerson, members of the Cabinet, General Dunford, Deputy Secretary Shanahan, and Colonel Duggan.  Most especially, thank you to the men and women of Fort Myer and every member of the United ...
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Ambassador Hale’s Remarks at the PUAN Islamabad-Rawalpindi Chapter Reunion

Date: August 17, 2017 Location: Marriott Hotel, Islamabad Remarks as Prepared Assalamu Aleikum.  It is an honor to join you today for the 7th annual reunion of the Pakistan-United States Alumni Network’s Islamabad-Rawalpindi chapter. Thank you to PUAN country president Khawaja Mudassar and chapter president Saima Amjad.  The chapter’s leadership team put a lot of ...
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Remarks by President Trump at NATO Unveiling of the Article 5 and Berlin Wall Memorials – Brussels, Belgium

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release NATO Headquarters Brussels, Belgium PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you very much, Secretary General Stoltenberg.  Chancellor Merkel, thank you very much.  Other heads of state and government, I am honored to be here with members of an alliance that has promoted safety and peace across the ...
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American Ambassador David Hale meets with Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa

American Ambassador David Hale met today with Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa. Ambassador Hale noted President Donald Trump’s call during his speech at the Arab-Islamic-American Summit for a vision of peace, security, and prosperity, and unity in conquering extremism and terrorism. Ambassador Hale affirmed Pakistan’s role and great sacrifices in this effort. ...
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Ambassador Hale’s Inauguration of the Counter Terrorism Department Building

Date: May 11, 2017 Location: CTD Police Lines, Karachi Remarks as prepared. Inspector General Sindh, A. D. Khawaja, and Additional Inspector General for the Counter Terrorism Department, Dr. Sanaullah Abbasi, thank you for hosting us today. Police are on the front lines of Pakistan’s efforts to combat violent extremism, expand access to justice, and enforce ...
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Ambassador Hale’s Inauguration of The Resource Group new IT services facility

Date: May 11, 2017 Location: TRG, Karachi Remarks as prepared. My thanks to Nadeem Elahi for hosting us. I would also like to recognize the management team of IBEX Global for traveling from the United States for today’s event. The United States is one of Pakistan’s largest trading partners and many American companies are present ...
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Ambassador Hale’s Participation in the Regional Peace Institute’s Bilateral Dialogue

Date: April 5, 2017  Location: Serena Hotel, Islamabad  Remarks as Prepared Many of you, both Americans and Pakistanis, have traveled long distances to be here, an indication of the value of today’s discussion. My thanks to Raoof Hasan and his team at the Regional Peace Institute for organizing this event and assembling such an eminent ...
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Ambassador Hale’s Concert in Celebration of Black History Month

Date: February 21, 2017 Location: Ambassador Residence Remarks as Prepared  Thank you for joining me today as we celebrate Black History Month. I want to thank Amikaeyla Gaston and the Mike Del Ferro Trio for headlining tonight’s celebration. Special thanks to the Embassy staff and the American Voices team for making this evening possible and making ...
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Ambassador Hale’s Participation at the Kickoff Happy Hour for Black History Month

Date: February 21, 2017  Location: U.S. Embassy Islamabad  Remarks as Prepared  Thank you for joining me today, the first day of Black History Month 2017. I want to also thank Lieutenant Colonel Rofelio Grinston for emceeing the kick-off ceremony! And thanks to the Black History Month Planning Committee for all of your hard work in putting ...
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Ambassador Hale Remarks at Art in Embassies Event

Date: January 25, 2017  Location: U.S. Embassy Islamabad  Remarks as Prepared  Good evening, and welcome. For fifty years, we have had a program to showcase art in our embassies around the world. It enriches our daily lives, creates cultural exchange, and demonstrates the diverse expression of American and Pakistani voices. I would like to recognize our Art ...
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Remarks of President Donald J. Trump

Inaugural Address Friday, January 20, 2017 Washington, D.C. The Inaugural Address | whitehouse.gov As Prepared for Delivery – Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world: thank you. We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country ...
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Mahogany Jones Concert

Date: December 11, 2016  Location: Aiwan-e-Quaid, Islamabad Remarks as Prepared  Good evening. Welcome to Aiwan-e-Quaid and to Mahogany Jones’ last performance here in Islamabad! Music is powerful. An Artist’s lyrics can challenge our understanding of the world around us and open our minds to new ideas.  Music can also bridge the gap between different cultures.  ...
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Statement: PAKISTAN: New Chief of Army Staff Named

We welcome Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s appointment of Lieutenant General Qamar Javed Bajwa as the new Chief of Army Staff.  We look forward to continuing our work with Pakistan’s elected leaders, with Lieutenant General Qamar Javed Bajwa, and with the Pakistani military to advance our shared counterinsurgency and counterterrorism goals for Pakistan and the region, ...
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PNCA Exhibition Opening Remarks

Date: November 18, 2016  Location: Pakistan National Council of Arts (PNCA) Good evening ladies and gentlemen. We are delighted to support this wonderful exhibit, “Open Field.” I would like to thank PNCA Director General Jamal Shah for hosting the exhibit, curator Aasim Akhtar, Kuch Khaas Center CEO Michelle Tania, and visiting American curator Vicky Clark ...
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Ambassador Hale’s Climate Change Conference Remarks

Thanks to Senator Mushahid, Samina Baig, and PUAN Country President Faisal Malik, Haseeb Kiyani, and the planning committee for their hard work organizing this conference bringing together bright exchange alumni from nine countries, in person and by video. Being part of an exchange program is a life-changing experience. I first learned this growing up in ...
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Ambassador Hale’s National/Election Day Remarks

Ministers, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen: Thank you for joining us to celebrate the 240th anniversary of America’s Declaration of Independence, and the election of our 45th president.  Thank you to the Marine Corps Color Guard for bringing ceremony to this occasion.  Thank you our team at the American Embassy for organizing this event, and ...
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Statement by the Press Secretary

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 9, 2016 From the White House residence, the President phoned Donald Trump to congratulate him on his victory early this morning. The President also called Secretary Clinton and expressed admiration for the strong campaign she waged throughout the country. The President will make ...
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Statement by the President

Rose Garden 12:20 P.M. EST The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release THE PRESIDENT:  Good afternoon, everybody.  Yesterday, before votes were tallied, I shot a video that some of you may have seen in which I said to the American people:  Regardless of which side you were on in the election, ...
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U.S. Statement – Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Ministerial Conference October 26, 2016 Islamabad, Pakistan

President Nakao, Finance Minister Dar, ladies and gentlemen.  I would like to thank the Asian Development Bank and Pakistan for organizing this conference.  The United States has strongly supported CAREC since its inception.  It is an honor to be here today with others who are building a stable and prosperous Central Asia – one more ...
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Joint Statement from the Seventh Meeting of the U.S. – Pakistan TIFA Council

Ambassador Michael Froman and Pakistan’s Minister of Commerce Engineer Khurram Dastgir Khan, met in Washington DC to discuss a variety of trade and investment issues and to chart a path forward on improving bilateral trade and investment flows over the next five years.  The United States – Pakistan Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) is the primary mechanism for both Parties to discuss trade and investment issues and focus ...
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Remarks by President Obama at Leaders Summit on Refugees

United Nations New York, New York September 20, 2016 3:43 P.M. EDT PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Thank you.  (Applause.)  Yusra, we could not be prouder of you — not just for the great introduction, but more importantly, for your courage and your resilience and the great example that you’re setting for children everywhere, including your eight-year-old sister, ...
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Ambassador Hale’s Remarks at the Special Talent Exchange Program (STEP) “Supporting Women With Disabilities” Conference

Date: September 22, 2016 Location: Islamabad  Remarks as Prepared Assalamu Aleikum. Thank you for that kind introduction. I am glad to be here today to join in celebrating the success of the STEP “Supporting Women with Disabilities” conference. Promoting disability rights is an integral part of our efforts to promote human rights more broadly. Discrimination ...
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Secretary Kerry’s Meeting With Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC September 20, 2016 The below is attributable to John Kirby, Spokesperson: Secretary Kerry met Monday with Pakistani Prime Minister Sharif to discuss our strong, long-term bilateral partnership and to build upon the U.S.-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue. The Secretary commended the Prime Minister for restoring macroeconomic stability to Pakistan over ...
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Statement by Elizabeth Trudeau, Director, Office of Press Relations on the Attack on Quetta Hospital

The United States condemns in the strongest terms the terrorist attacks today in Quetta, including the bombing at the Civil Hospital that killed dozens of Pakistanis and wounded many more, and the murder of Bilal Anwar Kasi, president of the Baluchistan Bar Association. We send our deepest condolences to the loved ones of those killed ...
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Statement by the President on the Occasion of Ramadan

As another new moon heralds the start of the holy month of Ramadan, Michelle and I extend our best wishes to Muslims across the United States and around the world. For many, this month is an opportunity to focus on reflection and spiritual growth, forgiveness, patience and resilience, compassion for those less fortunate, and unity ...
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Statement by the President on the Death of Taliban Leader Mansur

Today marks an important milestone in our longstanding effort to bring peace and prosperity to Afghanistan. With the death of Taliban leader Akhtar Mohammad Mansur, we have removed the leader of an organization that has continued to plot against and unleash attacks on American and Coalition forces, to wage war against the Afghan people, and ...
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Ambassador Remarks at GE’s Building Tomorrow Event

Mr. Sarim Sheikh Distinguished Guests Ladies and Gentlemen Assalamu Alaikum. This is a transformational time for energy and the environment around the globe. Technology is changing the way we explore, develop, and generate our energy resources, and rapid developments in the energy sector hold great promise for all of us. This conference reflects the serious ...
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Improvements on IPR in Pakistan Recognized in Special 301 Intellectual Property Rights Protection Report

The United States recognized Pakistan’s positive progress on IPR today in the annual Special 301 Report on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR). In this year’s Report, Pakistan has moved from the Special 301 “Priority Watch List” to “Watch List with an Out-of-Cycle Review”. This movement is largely due to Pakistan’s efforts to improve intellectual property protection ...
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Music Mela 2016 Electrifies Audiences, Unites Cultures

This weekend, Music Mela returned to Islamabad and the Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) once again became the center of Pakistan’s music world. Jointly organized by the U.S. Embassy and the Foundation for Arts and Culture, and Education (FACE), Music Mela 2016 boasted more than 15,000 fans over the past three days, excited ...
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American band “Grupo Fantasma” performs for thousands at Music Mela

American band Grupo Fantasma introduced their signature sound of Latin funk music to more than 3,000 people last night at Music Mela. Their performance, organized by the Foundation for Arts and Culture (FACE) and hosted by the Pakistan National Council of Arts (PNCA), was part of the band’s three-city tour to Islamabad, Karachi, and Lahore. ...
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U.S. Embassy Showcases Latin Funk Band “Grupo Fantasma”

Islamabad, April 21, 2016 American band Grupo Fantasma introduced Latin funk music to 125 high school and university students from across Islamabad during their live performance at Lok Virsa on Thursday. The concert, sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in partnership with the Foundation for Arts and Culture (FACE), was part of the band’s three-city tour ...
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American Deputy Chief of Mission Visits Information Technology University Lahore

April 20, 2016 Deputy Chief of Mission for the American Embassy in Pakistan Jonathan Pratt and Information Technology University (ITU) Vice Chancellor Dr. Umar Saif signed a Memorandum of Understanding April 19 that establishes a partnership between the University and the U.S. Consulate General in Lahore to build a Lincoln Corner on the University’s campus. ...
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United States Funds Renovation of Ministry of Health Office

April 20, 2016 As part of its ongoing efforts to strengthen Pakistan’s health systems, the U.S. Agency for International Development refurbished the office space of the Health Planning, Systems Strengthening and Information Analysis Unit at the Ministry of Health. USAID Mission Director John Groarke, Minister of State for National Health Services, Regulations, and Coordination Saira ...
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Ambassador Remarks for the Special Talent Exchange Program Leadership Conference for Women with Disabilities

Huma Chughtai Atif Sheikh Abia Akram and the rest of the STEP team Distinguished Guests Ladies and Gentlemen Assalamu Alaikum. It is an honor to join you today at this leadership conference. Thank you Atif for the kind introduction and for organizing such an impressive event. I’m so pleased that we had the opportunity to ...
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Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Evan Ryan’s Discussion at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST)

A/S Ryan:  Thank you so much.  I’m so pleased to be here with all of you today.  Arriving on your campus I learned that you all are the premier university herein Pakistan.  Is that accurate? Audience:  Yes. A/S Ryan:  I am honored to be your guest and I want to thank Dr. Bhatti for that ...
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Asst. Sec. of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Evan Ryan’s Remarks at the Pakistan-U.S. Alumni Network 2016 Youth Activism Conference

A/S Ryan:  Thank you all so much.  I’m so glad to be here with you.  I’ve been looking forward to this trip for a while, and to being here with you at the conference. I had the opportunity yesterday to meet with some of the alumni who helped organize this conference and I know it’s ...
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Statement by John Kirby Spokesperson on the Terrorist Attack in Lahore, Pakistan

March 27, 2016 The United States condemns in the strongest terms today’s appalling terrorist attack in Lahore, Pakistan. This cowardly act, which targeted innocent civilians in the Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park, has killed dozens and left scores injured. The United States stands with the people and Government of Pakistan at this difficult hour. We send our deepest ...
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U.S.-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue Joint Statement

Office of the Spokesperson | Washington, DC | March 1, 2016 Pakistan’s Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and United States Secretary of State John Kerry met on February 29 in Washington to convene the sixth ministerial-level Pakistan-U.S. Strategic Dialogue. The last ministerial-level Strategic Dialogue was held in Islamabad on January ...
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Secretary Kerry Statement On the Death of Two Locally – Employed Staff of the U.S. Mission in Pakistan

March 1, 2016 John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, D.C. Earlier today, I learned that two locally employed staff with the U.S. Mission in Pakistan were brutally murdered in an attack against a Government of Pakistan Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) convoy in Ambar tehsil, Mohmand Agency in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of Pakistan. On ...
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Remarks by Secretary of State John Kerry With Sartaj Aziz, Pakistani Advisor on Foreign Affairs On the U.S.-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue

February 29, 2016 Secretary Kerry: Well, welcome to the State Department. Welcome to the Ben Franklin Room. We’re delighted to have you all here for a very important dialogue in an important relationship. And Sartaj, thank you so much for coming here today to take part in the U.S.-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue, and I’m grateful for the ...
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Ambassador Hale Remarks on Access Opening Ceremony

Date: February 16, 2016  Location: Marriott Hotel  Remarks as Prepared  Good afternoon.  I am pleased to be here with you today to celebrate the beginning of your two-year English Access Microscholarship Program. Thank you, Principal Waqar Ahmad Shaikh, and all those from Sir Syed Public School Rawalpindi who have been our great partners in the ...
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Remarks by Consul General William Martin on the Anniversary of the Army Public School Attack in Peshawar

Today we mark one the most notorious, traumatic days in Pakistan’s history.  I know it is much more than a national memory for many of you here today.  I know many of you here, such as Muhammad Waseem, were touched personally by this senseless, barbaric violence.  A violence that has touched so many around the ...
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Consul General William Martin’s remarks on the 14th Annual Daniel Pearl World Music Days, Peshawar

Assalam Aleikum.  Pakhair Raghley.  Welcome everyone. It is such a pleasure to have you all here to celebrate the Annual Daniel Pearl World Music Day.  We are here to celebrate the life of a very special American who was a great friend to Pakistan; a man whose life was tragically taken by violent extremism. Recent events, such ...
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Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Sharif of Pakistan Before Bilateral Meeting

President Obama: Well, let me just say it is wonderful to welcome back Prime Minister Sharif and his delegation to the Oval Office. Obviously, the United States and Pakistan have a longstanding relationship. We work and cooperate on a whole host of issues — not just on security matters, but also on economic and scientific ...
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2015 Joint Statement By President Barack Obama And Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif

At the invitation of President Obama, Prime Minister Sharif paid an official visit to Washington from October 20 to 23, 2015 that reinforced the commitment of both leaders to an enduring U.S.-Pakistan partnership, a prosperous Pakistan, and a more stable region. President Obama and Prime Minister Sharif held wide-ranging discussions at the White House today. ...
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Remarks by Jonathan Pratt, Deputy Chief of Mission U.S. Embassy Islamabad, for the Pakistan – U.S. Alumni Network Islamabad Chapter Reunion

Serena Hotel, Islamabad | October 12, 2015 Mr. Haseeb Kiyani, PUAN Islamabad Chapter Leadership, Alumni Award Winners, Mentors, And Distinguished Alumni Assalamu Alaikum. I am honored to be here tonight for the fifth annual reunion of the Pakistan-U.S. Alumni Network, Islamabad-Rawalpindi chapter. I am so impressed by the remarkable achievements of the alumni award winners, ...
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Remarks to the 6th National Youth Peace Festival

The Honorable Rana Masood Ahmad Khan, Minister of Education, Youth, Sports, Tourism, Government of Punjab The Honorable Shaista Pervaiz Malik, Member of National Assembly The Honorable Sardar Vickas Hassan Mokal, Member of Punjab Provincial Assembly and Chairman of the Punjab Youth Parliamentary Caucus Mr. Mohammad Shahzad Khan, Executive Director of the Chanan Development Association Mr.Qaiser ...
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Remarks by J. Robert Garverick, U.S. Embassy Islamabad Economic Counselor to the CEO Summit Asia 2015

Serena Hotel, Islamabad | August 26, 2015 Thank you to Ijaz Nisar and all the others from the CEO Club Pakistan and Manager Today magazine who put together this this impressive event, “CEO Summit Asia 2015.” The subject of the conference is “Believe in Pakistan,” and this session is entitled, “A Land of Opportunity.” These ...
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U.S. Ambassador Richard Olson’s Remarks to Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent

Remarks to Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent of North America Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center APPNA President, Dr. Mubashir Rana, Dr. Asif Mahmoud, Members of the Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent of North America, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen: Thank you for giving me the opportunity to speak to you tonight. I ...
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United States Trade Representative, Joint Statement from the Inter-Sessional Meeting of the U.S.-Pakistan Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TI

March 16, 2015 Senior officials from the Governments of the United States of America and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan met on March 12 in Islamabad under the auspices of the United States-Pakistan Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA). The officials reviewed progress under the bilateral Joint Action Plan, a plan created by President Obama ...
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Obama’s Call with Pakistan’s Prime Minister Sharif

The White House Office of the Press Secretary Washington, D.C. Readout of the President’s Call with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan President Obama spoke by phone today with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan to discuss bilateral and regional issues. The two leaders agreed to continue to work together to strengthen U.S.-Pakistan relations and ...
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Joint Statement for the Fifth Ministerial level Pakistan-U.S. Strategic Dialogue

January 13, 2015 Pakistan Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met in Islamabad on January 13, 2015, for the fifth Ministerial level Pakistan-U.S. Strategic Dialogue. The last Ministerial level session of the Strategic Dialogue was held in Washington on 27 January ...
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Joint Statement for the Fifth Ministerial level Pakistan-U.S. Strategic Dialogue

Pakistan Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met in Islamabad on January 13, 2015, for the fifth Ministerial level Pakistan-U.S. Strategic Dialogue. The last Ministerial level session of the Strategic Dialogue was held in Washington on 27 January 2014. The Adviser ...
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Ambassador Olson Extends Condolences to Families of Army Public School Attack Victims

December 16, 2014 On behalf of the American people, U.S. Ambassador Richard Olson extends the deepest sympathies and condolences to the families of the victims of Tuesday’s heinous attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar. The United States strongly condemns senseless and inhumane attacks on innocent students and educators, and stands in solidarity with ...
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Statement by the President on the Terrorist Attack on the Army Public School in Pakistan

The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms today’s horrific attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar, Pakistan. Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims, their families, and loved ones. By targeting students and teachers in this heinous attack, terrorists have once again shown their depravity. We stand with the people ...
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Statement by the President on the Terrorist Attack on the Army Public School in Pakistan

The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms today’s horrific attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar, Pakistan. Our hearts and prayers go out to the victims, their families, and loved ones. By targeting students and teachers in this heinous attack, terrorists have once again shown their depravity. We stand with the people ...
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Ambassador Olson Extends Condolences to Families of Army Public School Attack Victims

On behalf of the American people, U.S. Ambassador Richard Olson extends the deepest sympathies and condolences to the families of the victims of Tuesday’s heinous attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar. The United States strongly condemns senseless and inhumane attacks on innocent students and educators, and stands in solidarity with the people of ...
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Ambassador Olson’s Statement on the Death of Ambassador Robert Oakley

December 11, 2014 United States Ambassador to Pakistan Richard G. Olson offered condolences on the death of former Ambassador to Pakistan Robert Oakley, who passed away December 10, 2014. “On behalf of the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, I extend my deep condolences to the family of Ambassador Oakley. A friend of Pakistan and a statesman with ...
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Ambassador Olson’s Statement on the Death of Ambassador Robert Oakley

United States Ambassador to Pakistan Richard G. Olson offered condolences on the death of former Ambassador to Pakistan Robert Oakley, who passed away December 10, 2014. “On behalf of the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, I extend my deep condolences to the family of Ambassador Oakley. A friend of Pakistan and a statesman with a distinguished career ...
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Statement by the Press Secretary on Signing of a Political Agreement Regarding the Electoral Crisis in Afghanistan

September 23, 2014 The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release The United States applauds presidential candidates Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and Dr. Ashraf Ghani for signing an agreement on the formation of a government of national unity.  Signing this political agreement helps bring closure to Afghanistan’s political crisis, and restores confidence in ...
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Statement by the Press Secretary on Signing of a Political Agreement Regarding the Electoral Crisis in Afghanistan

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release The United States applauds presidential candidates Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and Dr. Ashraf Ghani for signing an agreement on the formation of a government of national unity.  Signing this political agreement helps bring closure to Afghanistan’s political crisis, and restores confidence in the way forward. ...
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United States Congratulates Dr. Ashraf Ghani and Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on the Agreement on Formation of a Government of National Unity

September 21, 2014 This was a moment of extraordinary statesmanship. These two men have put the people of Afghanistan first, and they’ve ensured that the first peaceful democratic transition in the history of their country begins with national unity. Americans know very well that the road to democracy is contentious and challenging, but it’s a ...
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United States Congratulates Dr. Ashraf Ghani and Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on the Agreement on Formation of a Government of National Unity

This was a moment of extraordinary statesmanship. These two men have put the people of Afghanistan first, and they’ve ensured that the first peaceful democratic transition in the history of their country begins with national unity. Americans know very well that the road to democracy is contentious and challenging, but it’s a road that leads ...
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Pakistan Independence Day

August 14, 2014 On behalf of the President of the United States and the American people, I send best wishes to the people and government of Pakistan as you celebrate your Independence Day on August 14. Building stronger ties with the people of Pakistan has long been a personal commitment of mine. In the Senate, ...
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Pakistan Independence Day

On behalf of the President of the United States and the American people, I send best wishes to the people and government of Pakistan as you celebrate your Independence Day on August 14. Building stronger ties with the people of Pakistan has long been a personal commitment of mine. In the Senate, I was privileged ...
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Statement by the President on the Occasion of Ramadan

On behalf of the American people, Michelle and I extend our best wishes to Muslim communities here in the United States and around the world on the beginning of the blessed month of Ramadan. A time for self-reflection and devotion through prayer and fasting, Ramadan is also an occasion when Muslims around the world reaffirm their commitment to helping ...
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United States Condemns Attacks on Journalists in Pakistan

April 19, 2014 Press Statement Jen Psaki Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC The United States condemns the vicious attack on television journalist Hamid Mir in Karachi today, the latest in a series of worrisome attacks on journalists in Pakistan. Freedom of the press, including ensuring that journalists can safely carry out their ...
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United States Condemns Attacks on Journalists in Pakistan

Jen Psaki Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC The United States condemns the vicious attack on television journalist Hamid Mir in Karachi today, the latest in a series of worrisome attacks on journalists in Pakistan. Freedom of the press, including ensuring that journalists can safely carry out their vital mission, is of paramount ...
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Statement by the President on Ukraine

The White House – Office of the Press Secretary – James S. Brady Press Briefing Room – March 17, 2014 10:45 A.M. EDT The President: Good morning, everybody. In recent months, as the citizens of Ukraine have made their voices heard, we have been guided by a fundamental principle — the future of Ukraine must ...
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Statement by the President on Ukraine

10:45 A.M. EDT The President: Good morning, everybody. In recent months, as the citizens of Ukraine have made their voices heard, we have been guided by a fundamental principle — the future of Ukraine must be decided by the people of Ukraine. That means Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity must be respected, and international law ...
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Remarks at the U.S.-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue

Washington, DC | January 27, 2014 Secretary Kerry: Please, everybody. Well, good morning to all, to our friends from Pakistan, As-Salaam Alaikum. We’re very happy to welcome you here to Washington. A little cold, but at least it’s not snowing today. It’s a great pleasure for me to welcome Mr. Aziz and his team to ...
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2014 U.S.-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue Ministerial Joint Statement

January 27, 2014 U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Pakistan Advisor to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, accompanied by a high-level delegation, met in Washington on January 27, 2014, for the Ministerial meeting of the U.S.-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue.  The first Ministerial since the revitalized Strategic Dialogue was announced ...
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2014 U.S.-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue Ministerial Joint Statement

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Pakistan Advisor to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, accompanied by a high-level delegation, met in Washington on January 27, 2014, for the Ministerial meeting of the U.S.-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue.  The first Ministerial since the revitalized Strategic Dialogue was announced during Secretary Kerry’s ...
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