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Pakistan and US must clear misconceptions: Sardar Masood Khan

“Pakistan seeks the expertise and technology of the United States in the areas of agricultural modernization, development of hybrid seeds and climate-friendly crops and farming,” said Sardar Muhammad Masood Khan, Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States. “Pakistan and the United States have long worked together in the agricultural sector. Universities from the two countries are intertwined,” he said.

Ambassador Masood Khan made these comments during a conversation with California Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis during their meeting at the latter’s residence in Los Angeles. Consul General of Pakistan in Los Angeles Asim Ali Khan was also present during the meeting.

The ambassador is on a three-day visit to Los Angeles, where he will meet senior California leaders, think tank and media representatives and community leaders, especially from the Pak diaspora in California. Speaking to Lieutenant Governor Kounalakis, Masood Khan said the two sides could also work together in the IT and energy sectors.

He said Pakistan was already connected to Silicon Valley and many Pakistani-American and American companies were investing in Pakistan’s technology sector. “Similarly, there is enormous potential to broaden the scope of cooperation in the new energy and renewable energy sectors,” he noted. Masood Khan said Pakistani universities were intertwined with the United States. He pointed out that Faisalabad Agricultural University has a multi-faceted partnership with its American partner university.

Appreciating her role in establishing the sister state relationship between Punjab and California, Masood Khan said it was necessary to take cooperation under the sister state relationship to the next level to realize the full potential of the arrangement.

Lt. Governor appreciated the ambassador’s remarks and said the United States has the best technological and labor practices and focused on changing the perception of agriculture in the state. She offered her full support in strengthening bilateral cooperation between Pakistan and California in the agricultural sector. Both also agreed to improve cooperation in other sectors, including the IT and energy sectors.

Lt. Governor Eleni Kounalakis also offered assistance in putting Pakistani film content on Netflix to promote cultural and people-to-people ties between Pakistan and the United States.

The renowned World Affairs Council of Orange County hosted a luncheon in honor of Ambassador Masood Khan, where the Ambassador spoke with a host of intellectuals, policy analysts and other experts in the field.

Masood Khan said Pakistan did not want to choose between the United States and China. Instead, Pakistan could act as an economic bridge between the two countries. He said there is a need to increase understanding between Pakistan and the United States and remove misconceptions. This, he said, could be done through robust people-to-people exchanges, with students and academics, lawmakers, government officials, traders and investors traveling to each other’s countries. He said that 64% of Pakistan’s population is under the age of 30. “It’s a large cohort. With over 300 universities in the country, we are investing in education for our youth to equip them with skills that will ultimately contribute to Pakistan’s economy,” he said. He said California has a sizable Pakistani-American community and we connect with California in so many ways.

The Ambassador underlined the importance of Pakistan-US relations and talked about the cooperation between the two countries in the fields of education, agriculture and manufacturing industries since Pakistan’s independence. He said Pakistan’s technology exports to the United States last year amounted to $1.4 billion, indicating greater ties between Pakistan and the United States in the technology sector.

Masood Khan highlighted that Silicon Valley venture capital firms were investing heavily in Pakistan. “This existing infrastructure must be optimized and act as a catalyst for investment between Pakistan and the United States,” he stressed. Ambassador Masood Khan also highlighted various initiatives being taken for women empowerment with the help of the US Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs and the US-Pakistan Business Council, by prioritizing education along with the United States and providing US$19 million towards streamlining Pakistani higher education. system.

Later, Masood Khan visited Dorsey and Whitney LLP and learned about the firm’s international practice. The ambassador also visited SpaceX’s headquarters in California and the Starlink facility. He was informed about Starlink’s global activities and gave a tour of the production facility.

Ambassador Masood Khan commended the spirit of innovation and technological advancement of Space