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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) Closed

Dec 22, 2012 07:30am
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.
Dec 22, 2012 07:36am
Pakistan welcomes John F. Kerry, a longtime friend.
Dec 22, 2012 10:47am
I congratulate Ambasador Sherry to make a timely statement. Yes we need more Ambasadors like Ms.Sherry who have great foresight
Dec 22, 2012 11:18am
From a friend Clinton to a brother Kerry.
Dec 22, 2012 11:19am
Because Pak-US relationship is key to world peace.
muzammil ullah khan
Dec 22, 2012 07:12pm
What choice does she have ?! She cant say we dont like him !!
muzammil ullah khan
Dec 22, 2012 07:13pm
I totally agree.
Dec 30, 2012 08:22am
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.