The Honorable Khurshid M. Kasuri, Pakistan’s foreign minister since November 2002, will speak on the current state of U.S.-Pakistan relations. He will touch upon such current concerns as the protracted dialogue with India over Kashmir and other issues; the recent announcement of the sale of F-16s to Pakistan; and the status of U.S.-Pakistan cooperation on the fight against terrorism, especially in Afghanistan and Pakistan itself. Brookings President Strobe Talbott will provide introductory remarks.
Mr. Kasuri has had a long and distinguished career in Pakistani politics. He was first elected to Pakistan’s National Assembly in 1977 and has served on a number of parliamentary committees. He has been Pakistan’s special envoy to a number of countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia, France, and Germany, and has been active in numerous track-two dialogues with Indian counterparts.
A question and answer session will follow Minister Kasuri’s remarks.
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