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Tuesday January 31, 2023

Masood seeks 'strengthening' of US-Pak relations via tech sector

Ambassador stresses such linkages can benefit economy and relations of both countries

By Web Desk
January 19, 2023
Irvine Mayor Farrah N. Khan photographed with Pakistan’s Ambassador to the US Masood Khan on January 18, 2023. — Radio Pakistan
Irvine Mayor Farrah N. Khan photographed with Pakistan’s Ambassador to the US Masood Khan on January 18, 2023. — Radio Pakistan 

Punjab-California Sister Province Agreement provided a model to establish domain-specific state-to-province and city-to-city economic linkages between Pakistan and the United States, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States Masood Khan said Wednesday.

Masood’s statement came during a meeting in Washington DC with Irvine Mayor Farrah N Khan.

The countries could establish robust partnerships for meeting their economic needs and strengthening the exchange between people if Pakistani tech startups — replete with enterprising youth — were coupled with the vibrant tech sector of Irvine, California, the ambassador noted.

He further said that Farrah's leadership qualities and successes make Pakistan and the Pakistani diaspora in the United States proud.

“Pak-origin Americans, who have excelled in their respective areas, are not only an asset for Pakistan but an abiding link between Pakistan and the United States,” Masood said.

Farrah thanked the ambassador for warmly receiving her and highlighted tech, Medi-tech, and artificial intelligence as the major sectors where Irvine was witnessing significant progress.

Farrah also highlighted the valuable contributions being made by the Pakistani diaspora towards the socio-economic development of Irvine and the state of California.

Masood invited Mayor Farrah to visit Pakistan along with a business delegation for promoting cooperation between the chamber and industry and to strengthen people-to-people linkages.