Pakistan sits in a complex geopolitical position, serving as a bridge between South Asia and the Middle East. The country’s long-simmering conflict with India, the situation in neighboring Afghanistan, and political, economic and social developments have all shaped Pakistan’s foreign policy. Historically, Pakistan’s relationship with the U.S. has been intermittently strategic, cooperative or cold. Still, the U.S.-Pakistan relationship is undeniably critical to regional and international security and stability.
On May 22, H.E. Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, ambassador of Pakistan to the United States, addressed the challenges and opportunities in the U.S.-Pakistan relationship.
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H.E. Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry was appointed ambassador of Pakistan to the United States in March 2017. Chaudhry has been a member of the Foreign Service of Pakistan for 36 years and previously served as foreign secretary from 2013 to 2017 and as spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from March to December 2013. In the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Chaudhry has served as the additional foreign secretary for UN and disarmament affairs and as director general for relations with South Asian countries, during which he closely dealt with the Pakistan-India peace process. He previously was ambassador of Pakistan to the Netherlands from 2009 to 2012, deputy permanent representative of Pakistan to the United Nations and chef de cabinet to the secretary general of the Economic Cooperation Organization in Tehran, and he served in Pakistan’s embassies in Washington, D.C., Doha and Cairo.