Pakistan’s ambassador to the US to speak at Rice’s Baker Institute Aug. 28


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Jeff Falk

Pakistan’s ambassador to the US to speak at Rice’s Baker Institute Aug. 28

HOUSTON – (Aug. 19, 2014) – Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States, Jalil Abbas Jilani, will discuss “Pakistan’s Vision for Peace and Prosperity in South Asia” at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Aug. 28. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

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Who: Jalil Abbas Jilani, Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States. Edward Djerejian, the Baker Institute’s founding director, will give introductory remarks.

What: A presentation titled “Pakistan’s Vision for Peace and Prosperity in South Asia.”

When: Thursday, Aug. 28, 6:30-8 p.m.

Where: Rice University, James A. Baker III Hall, Kelly International Conference Facility, 6100 Main St.

Jilani assumed his responsibilities as ambassador of Pakistan to the U.S. in January. Prior to this appointment, Jilani was foreign secretary of Pakistan from March 2012 to December 2013. A career diplomat, he also served as ambassador of Pakistan to Belgium, Luxembourg and the European Union (2009-12) and as Pakistan’s high commissioner to Canberra, Australia (2007-09). Previously, he was director-general for South Asia and for the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation from 2003 to 2007, and in 2005 he was the government’s spokesman on foreign affairs. From 1999 to 2003, Jilani was deputy high commissioner and acting high commissioner to New Delhi, and he served as deputy secretary in the prime minister’s secretariat from 1989 to 1992. He has held various diplomatic assignments in Pakistani missions abroad, including Washington, D.C., London and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Members of the news media who want to attend can RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at or 713-348-6775.

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