Renowned U.S scholar, author and former Dean at School of Advanced International Studies, John Hopkins University, Mr. Vali Reza Nasr was hosted for a talk on “U.S. policy in the Middle East and South Asia” at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs this afternoon. The talk was followed by an interactive Q&A session.
Professor Nasr shared his perspective and analysis on the evolving situation in the Middle East, Afghan peace and reconciliation process and U.S. policy towards China and India, as well as the trajectory of Pakistan-U.S. bilateral relations.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi also graced the occasion and shared his views.
Mr. Nasr appreciated the efforts of Prime Minister Imran Khan that had led to a change in perception for Pakistan in Washington. In his opinion, Pakistan was now being positively viewed by the various stakeholders in the U.S. Government.
Following the talk, the Foreign Minister received Mr. Vali Nasr in his office and discussed in greater depth bilateral and regional issues.
Hosting international scholars and foreign policy experts at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is part of the initiative of the Foreign Minister to reach out to scholars and academia and expose officers of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to independent perspectives on issues of our interest.