Islamabad: US Ambassador-designate to Pakistan, Richard Olson, who arrived in Islamabad Saturday, promised to "build a relationship based on mutual respect and common interests".
"I am excited to begin my work in Pakistan. I look forward to presenting my credentials to President Zardari as soon as possible and to start working with Pakistanis from all sections of society," Olson said upon his arrival, the US embassy said.
He said there is tremendous potential in Pakistan and he wants to work with the people of this country "to increase economic opportunity, expand trade between our two countries, address the energy crisis, and improve the quality of education and health care for all", reported Xinhua.
Olson said he wants to see as much of this beautiful country as possible and meet its talented people.
Olson was sworn in by Secretary of State Hilary Clinton as ambassador to Pakistan Sep 24. His previous assignment was the coordinating director for Development and Economic Affairs at the US Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan from 2011 to 2012. He served as US ambassador to the United Arab Emirates from 2008 to 2011.