Ali Jahangir Siddiqui takes charge as Pakistan’s Ambassador to US

WASHINGTON: Ali Jahangir Siddiqui took charge as Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States on Tuesday.

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Siddiqui, who arrived in Washington, DC Monday night for his swearing-in, replaced outgoing Ambassador Aizaz Chaudhry, the former foreign secretary who served as Pakistan’s envoy to the US before his retirement last month.

He was welcomed at the airport by Rizwan Saeed Sheikh, the deputy chief of Pakistan Mission to the US.

Siddiqui has assumed office just a few days ahead of the completion of the incumbent Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government’s term.

The US Department of State took almost two months — otherwise, a routine — to send out an agreement to pave the way for the new ambassador’s appointment.

Siddiqui has to present his credentials to US President Donald Trump in the coming weeks to be fully operational to perform his duties.

Siddiqui, an investment banking expert by profession, was appointed by the federal government as Pakistan’s ambassador to the US last month. He has previously served in the capacity of special assistant to Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, with the status of a state minister.

Prior to his appointment in the prime minister’s cabinet, he served as the chairman of JS Bank and JS Private Equity — both held by Jahangir Siddiqui & Co. Ltd., the parent company owned by his father, renowned businessman and banker Jahangir Siddiqui.

Siddiqui, who holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Economics from Cornell University, was honoured by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2014.

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