WASHINGTON: Pakistan’s new Ambassador to United States Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry  said that Pakistan and United States had a historic and multi faceted relationship spanning over seven decades.

Talking to Pakistani media persons based in Washington DC, he said Pakistan is looking forward to work closely with the new US administration in order to further strengthen bilateral relations and to bring people from both the countries closer to each other.

Chaudhry informed the journalists that today Pakistan is well on its way to a future of peace and prosperity and leadership, security forces and the people of Pakistan had demonstrated supreme resolve to eliminate terrorism from the country.

He said Zarb-e-Azab has achieved a resounding success and tribal areas have been cleared from these hideouts created by terrorists. Temporarily Displaced People (TDP’s) have returned to their homes and FATA is now being mainstreamed to the political governance of the country. “Peace has returned to Karachi and all across the length and breadth of the country.” “Several high officials including from the United States have visited and witnessed for themselves the gains of peace and security in Pakistan”, the envoy said.

He said improved security situation and the economic reforms have led to a revival of the economy which is now growing at the rate of 4.7%. All economic indicators are pointing upwards. Chaudhry said energy deficit will soon be a matter of past. “The resurgence in the economy is attracting investors from all across the world and recently held Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) Summit was a clear message that Pakistan stands for connectivity and regional cooperation for shared prosperity”, he added.