U.S. Ambassador Donald Blome’s recent visit to Lahore from September 4-6 aimed to bolster U.S.-Pakistan trade relations and deepen cooperation with Punjab’s government and people. During this visit, he emphasized the significance of safeguarding human rights and fundamental freedoms while highlighting the advantages of U.S. private sector investments.
Ambassador Blome, along with Consul General Hawkins, visited PepsiCo’s FritoLay Snack plant and NetSol Technologies Ltd, reaffirming the United States’ commitment to trade, investment, and development in Punjab. They emphasized the role of U.S. companies in job creation and corporate social responsibility initiatives, which benefit local communities through education, healthcare, disaster relief, women’s empowerment, and skills development.
Ambassador Blome expressed optimism about Pakistan’s economic potential and the United States’ dedication to aiding its economic reforms, focusing on reliable energy systems, infrastructure improvement, regional trade capacity, and workforce development.
During meetings with Punjab’s Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi and religious group representatives, discussions revolved around expanding economic ties, protecting human rights, and upholding democracy and the rule of law. The Ambassador and Consul General also condemned recent attacks on Christian establishments, reinforcing U.S. commitment to religious freedom and human rights.
Furthermore, discussions with Punjab Inspector General of Police Usman Anwar centered on law enforcement cooperation, the rule of law, and gender representation in the police force.
Ambassador Blome left Punjab with gratitude for the warm hospitality and a commitment to strengthen the enduring partnership in education, economy, health, and the rule of law.