Sherry Rehman to take place in Washington soon

Pakistan`s new envoy to the United States, Sherry Rehman, is set to reach Washington on January 9 to occupy the position.

Islamabad: Pakistan`s new envoy to the United States, Sherry Rehman, is set to reach Washington on January 9 to occupy the position that was vacated by Husain Haqqani after he was linked to the Memogate scandal.
The US State Department sent its agreement for Rehman to
the Pakistan Embassy in Washington earlier this week and the
mission intended to send it to Islamabad today, the Dawn
newspaper quoted diplomatic sources as saying.

"Once the documents arrive there, it will take a day or
two to complete the formalities," a diplomatic source told the
daily.

The source confirmed that Rehman, a senior leader of the
ruling Pakistan People`s Party, would arrive in Washington
next Monday.

Diplomatic courtesy requires that before a country sends a
new envoy, it must first ascertain whether the proposed
appointee is acceptable to the host country.

The receiving state conveys its acquiescence by granting
its agreement to the appointment.
The US State Department has already said it knows Rehman
and looked forward to working together with her.

The problem revolves around efforts to rebuild "a strong,
cooperative relationship" between Pakistan and the US, State
Department`s spokesman Mark Toner said while welcoming
Rehman`s appointment.

Rehman will take over at a time when US-Pakistan relations
are at their lowest.

The US Congress has slapped new restrictions on aid to
Pakistan and President Barack Obama has signed a bill
containing these restrictions into law.

However, the US Secretaries of State and Defence can still
maintain the flow of aid to Pakistan by certifying that
Islamabad is making efforts to curb the use of IEDs.

Diplomatic observers in Washington said recent
developments would leave a "very narrow space" for Rehman to
operate.

They argued that her success or failure would depend
mostly on relations between the US and Pakistani defence
establishments.

Haqqani was forced to resign after he was linked to the
alleged memo that sought US help to stave off a feared
military coup in Pakistan after the killing of Osama bin Laden
in May.

PTI

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