News Sherry arrives in Washington to assume new job

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Mar 5, 2010
ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan's ambassador designate to the United States, Sherry Rehman, carrying heavy and complex agenda on her shoulders reached Washington Saturday afternoon to assume her assignment.

She was received by acting ambassador Iffat Gardezi and other officials of the mission in Washington. The diplomatic sources told The News here that she would be visiting the State Department early this week to have exchange of preliminary brief before submitting here credentials to the host President Barack Obama on 17th of this month. She will start attending her office the day she will have a meeting with the State Department officials.

It is believed that Sherry would give her perspective of the situation back in her country as she had extensive meetings with senior officials prior to her departure to the United States. Unlike her predecessor she enjoys the total confidence of all stakeholders and it is expected that she would be able to look after her assignment in a more effective manner. A journalist turned politician and now diplomat, Sherry Rehman will not be 'one-person's ambassador' in Washington who will have to work for the country and its objectives.

"She is clearheaded person who has nothing to hide and incidentally she is well known to the important people across the border west and east both. It has made her more useful and effective envoy," the sources said.

Sherry's daughter Marvi and spouse Nadim Hussain have also accompanied her to Washington. Sherry Rehman has gone to Washington at very critical juncture of ties of the two countries and she will have to play role for revival of the relations between the two capitals in the light of fresh terms of engagement to be determined by the Parliament.

It is expected that the day she will be presenting her credentials to the US president, she would be carrying the outlines of the new terms of engagement with her. Pakistan and the United States will enter into high profile dialogue immediate after her formal assuming the office as the two countries have to repair the damage to their relationship.

The multi-tier interaction on various echelons will lay the foundation of new relationship of the two countries. Sherry Rehman will have to come in it and play vital role in the process that would be having historic significance. It would also be a test of Sherry's diplomatic skill, the sources reminded.