US ambassador affirms commitment to Balochistan during Gawadar visit

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US Ambassador Donald Blome paid a visit to Gwadar to reaffirm the United States’ dedication to the people of Balochistan, emphasizing the enduring and strong partnership, as stated by the US embassy in a recent announcement.

The visit aimed to explore opportunities for advancing development, trade, and commercial relationships, building upon the positive outcomes that have strengthened the robust bilateral relationship between the US and Pakistan.

Gwadar plays a pivotal role in the Chinese-funded Belt and Road Initiative, housing numerous projects as part of this multibillion-dollar endeavor.

During his stay in the city, Ambassador Blome engaged in constructive dialogues with political leaders, representatives from the Gwadar Chamber of Commerce, and a diverse array of government and private sector figures.

In discussions with political leaders, Donald Blome reiterated the US commitment to Balochistan’s development, covering topics such as economic growth, disaster relief and preparedness, security, the advantages of US trade and investment, and measures Pakistan can take to enhance its investment climate.

The meeting with members of the Gwadar Chamber of Commerce centered on strategies to boost US trade and investment in various sectors, including business, logistics, tourism, fisheries, and the blue economy. The group emphasized the potential for inclusive growth led by Pakistan and the role of strengthened business ties in generating employment across Balochistan. They also explored how deeper business partnerships could enhance technical skills in the region and increase bilateral trade.

Ambassador Blome also discussed the US-Pakistan “Green Alliance” framework in meetings with government and business leaders. This framework supports joint efforts in addressing climate, energy, water, and economic requirements.

Ambassador Blome expressed a particular focus on aiding Balochistan and all of Pakistan in bolstering climate resilience, pursuing energy transformation, and fostering inclusive economic growth.

During his visit to Gwadar Port, Ambassador Blome met with Port Authority Chairman Pasand Khan Buledi to gain insights into port operations and development plans. They discussed Gwadar’s potential as a regional trans-shipment hub and explored ways to connect it with Pakistan’s largest export market, the United States.

In a meeting with Pakistan Naval West Command, the ambassador discussed regional matters and emphasized a sustained partnership in the years to come.