Pakistan's Ambassador to the US, Sherry Rehman. — File photo/AP

WASHINGTON: Pakistan has welcomed the nomination of Senator John Kerry as the next US secretary of state, with its top diplomat in Washington calling the seasoned lawmaker a “steadfast” friend of the country.

“We welcome news of the nomination of Senator John F. Kerry as the next US Secretary of State. Senator Kerry is a man of towering stature and accomplishments, having served the United States with great vigor and distinction,” Islamabad's ambassador to the United States Sherry Rehman said.

Ambassador Rehman, who has been engaged in an extensive diplomatic outreach on the Capitol Hill towards improvement of Pakistan-US ties, said Senator Kerry has demonstrated through the years an extraordinary understanding of the complexities of South and Central Asia.

“He has been a steadfast friend of Pakistan and is keenly aware of the strategic importance of a democratic, economically viable and stable Pakistan,” the ambassador noted.

“We look forward to his confirmation and to working with a statesman of his high moral standing and outstanding diplomatic caliber, to strengthen Pakistan-US relations, and to build peace and stability in South Asia,” she said in a statement released by the Pakistani embassy.

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Comments (8)

December 22, 2012 7:30 am
Why Pakistanis get so easily excited when some one is appointed in the USA? These countries look after their own interests come what may. They only hold US citizenship unlike Pakistani politicians and judges.
December 22, 2012 7:36 am
Pakistan welcomes John F. Kerry, a longtime friend.
December 22, 2012 10:47 am
I congratulate Ambasador Sherry to make a timely statement. Yes we need more Ambasadors like Ms.Sherry who have great foresight
December 22, 2012 11:18 am
From a friend Clinton to a brother Kerry.
December 22, 2012 11:19 am
Because Pak-US relationship is key to world peace.
muzammil ullah khan
December 22, 2012 7:12 pm
What choice does she have ?! She cant say we dont like him !!
muzammil ullah khan
December 22, 2012 7:13 pm
I totally agree.
December 30, 2012 8:22 am
With all respect, it seems you live in a different world than the rest of the world. Do you really think any one gives Pakistan that much of importance. Indeed no! Please do not alleviate a state which has not been able to select a non corrupt leader for itself.
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