Ambassador Rehman interacts with Bay Area Community
Ambassador Sherry Rehman met with leading Pakistani-American community members at an dinner event organized by the Consulate General of Pakistan, Los Angeles in collaboration with theÂ Organization of Pakistani Entrepreneurs (OPEN), Pakistan-American Cultural Council (PACC) , Pakistan Chamber of Commerce (Bay Area) and Pakistan Times at a local hotel in San Francisco tonight. Over 100 Pakistan-Americans from various walks of life, including entrepreneurs, professionals, students and academics from Berkeley and Stanford and representatives of the PPP (California chapter) attended and interacted with the Ambassador.
In her address, Ambassador Rehman highlighted the important role that the Pakistani diaspora plays in building strong ties between the American and Pakistani communities. She encouraged the Community to be proactive and engage widely and frequently with American public officials, including members of Congress, Senators and local politicians in order to clear misperceptions that exist about Pakistan in the minds of Americans. She outlined the measures taken by the Government of Pakistan in strengthening democratic institutions in Pakistan, mentioning in particular the independent and dynamic role by the countryâ€™s media and judiciary. The Ambassador also elaborated on the outreach program of the Embassy of Pakistan in Washington DC aimed at keeping the community informed of developments in Pakistan and Pakistan-US relations and invited suggestions from the community on how to improve services.
The Community appreciated the work of the Embassy and Consulates and interacted with the Ambassador on a wide spectrum of subjects. The Ambassador will leave for Los Angeles on August 25th and attend a community event there on August 26th.
San Francisco, August 21, 2012