Lieutenant Basic Ken Eager: International Minister Khar, distinguished visitors and pals, it’s a true pleasure to see you right here tonight on this very cool Islamabad night. It’s nice to have you ever all right here to hitch us to rejoice America’s independence.
That is my first 4th of July in Pakistan and I can’t consider a greater group of individuals with whom to share at the present time. You’re all important companions and workforce mates whose friendship and cooperation are invaluable as we confront the challenges and alternatives our nations face. I stay up for spending the night with you.
As a member of the nation workforce it’s my privilege and honor tonight to introduce our Ambassador, Ambassador Cameron Munter.
Ambassador Munter: Women and gents, Minister Khar, distinguished visitors. I gained’t communicate lengthy tonight. As Ken has talked about, that is his first 4th of July in August. For Marilyn and for me that is our final 4th of July in workplace right here as a result of we’ll be leaving quickly. However what I need to speculate with you about earlier than I ask the International Minister to say some phrases is to speak in regards to the concept of promise.
Pakistan is a rustic of promise. It’s a rustic that has huge potential. It has huge prospects. Pakistan has nice pals. Among the many diplomatic corps right here lots of the pals are with you, and in america your pals are there as properly. So there may be promise within the sense of trying ahead to the longer term.
There’s additionally the promise that we in America really feel that we have now, as a rustic, considerably distinctive on the earth, that we have now a promise that we’re not a rustic of people, we’re not a rustic of a nation in a technical sense, we’re a rustic of values, a rustic the place to be an American is to carry sure beliefs. We’ve got to realize that promise. We’ve got to dwell as much as that promise if we’re going to be the people who find themselves going to be worthy of the friendship of individuals like Pakistan.
One other factor we consider after we consider the phrase promise is that we promise issues to 1 one other. Over time many Pakistanis imagine that Individuals have promised issues to them and friendship is one in every of them. Over time many Individuals have believed that Pakistanis have promised many issues to them. These sorts of guarantees have led to mutual sacrifices, quite a lot of work on either side, an infinite variety of tough issues that we have now confronted collectively at tough occasions.
What I need to emphasize is that I imagine that we will preserve our promise, we imagine that Pakistan can preserve its promise in order that Pakistan achieves its promise and that america can dwell as much as its promise as properly.
With these phrases what I hope is that you simply’ll bear in mind from this night if you hear from me and in addition from the International Minister, that regardless of any difficulties we’ve had, and we have now had difficulties, that we’ll obtain this promise, that we’ll proceed to look to 1 one other, to carry ourselves to excessive requirements, and to realize what we’ve got down to do within the years to return.
So I’m grateful to all of you for being right here. I’m grateful to Pakistan for the friendship that every one of you, even those that have disagreed occasionally have proven to me and Marilyn and the members of this mission. I additionally am grateful to the International Minister for the extraordinary efforts she has made to attempt to fulfill the promise that I’m speaking about.
So women and gents, please assist me in welcoming the International Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Hina Rabbani Khar.
International Minister Khar: ____ and good night to everybody. Women and gents, excellencies, Ambassador Munter, Dr. Wyatt.
It’s to begin with my honor and privilege to be right here at present to supply solicitations, heat solicitations on behalf of President Zardari, Prime Minister Ashraf and most significantly the individuals of Pakistan to you, Ambassador Munter, to the individuals of america.
I bear in mind coming right here on the 4th of July final yr, accompanying the then Prime Minister Gilani. I bear in mind when he took the rostrum he talked about how tough or difficult the final yr had been. Little did he know, or little did I do know accompanying him as Minister of State for International Affairs, or I’m certain little do you know, Ambassador Munter, that the yr forward was going to be much more tough, much more difficult.
However enable me to say that about two months again I bear in mind giving an interview in Qatar during which I stated I hope and I want that I will inform the individuals of Pakistan, and I want as International Minister to have the ability to inform the individuals of Pakistan that America, america, respects the aspirations of the individuals of Pakistan as mirrored by the Parliament’s suggestions.
It’s my honor to say at present, Ambassador Munter in your presence, that I can say that to the individuals of Pakistan, that America respects the aspirations of the individuals of Pakistan as represented by the desire of the individuals of Pakistan within the Parliament’s suggestions.
So we you understand Ambassador, although I had accepted this invitation to be right here a lot earlier than yesterday, however it’s my pleasure to be right here after yesterday, and it’s my pleasure to be right here and to say that I hope that the subsequent yr goes to see these two nice nations convert quite a lot of very large challenges and what may be referred to as as or seen as insurmountable challenges, however very large challenges into even greater alternatives.
I say that as a result of I don’t suppose we have now a selection. Pakistan doesn’t have a selection as a result of Pakistan’s stability, Pakistan’s peace is correlated to what occurs in Afghanistan. We’ve got suffered by the hands of strife in Afghanistan and we hope to profit by the hands of peace and stability in Afghanistan.
So the goals that we have now, the acknowledged goal that your nation has to see peace and stability throughout the area, notably in Afghanistan, can’t be completely different than the target of Pakistan.
So let me say and make one other want at present, that I hope the subsequent yr will see the 2 nations take the chance that has been offered at present to start out a brand new starting, a starting which is predicated on a story of belief and preserving guarantees fairly than a story of belief deficit and breaking guarantees.
There’s far an excessive amount of which is in danger and I can say this with full assurance and luxury, that I’m satisfied that we will work and obtain a lot better outcomes if we put our two energies collectively, if we put our two nations collectively, if we put our two methods collectively, fairly than making an attempt to do it unilaterally in our personal method.
I say that at present, certainly, you selected the appropriate phrases by saying there’s a nice promise, and I hope that within the subsequent yr we are going to see the primary indicators of the conclusion of that problem and in [inaudi
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