On Tuesday, The Fletcher School was pleased to welcome Pakistan’s Ambassador to the U.S. Jalil Abbas Jilani. The Ambassador’s trip included a welcome meeting with several of Fletcher’s students from Pakistan as well as an address to the broader Fletcher and Tufts community.

Pakistan's Ambassador to the U.S. Jalil Abbas Jilani speaks with Fletcher students. Photo: Pat Subpa-asa, MALD 2015 Candidate

Pakistan’s Ambassador to the U.S. Jalil Abbas Jilani speaks with Fletcher students. Photo: Pat Subpa-asa, MALD 2015 Candidate

I also had a chance to sit down with the Ambassador and talk about the important role that Pakistan continues to play in the security of the region, and we spent some time discussing the elections in Afghanistan.

Ambassador Jilani and Dean Stavridis. Photo: Pat Subpa-asa, MALD 2015 Candidate

Pakistan’s Ambassador to the U.S. Jalil Abbas Jilani and Dean Stavridis. Photo: Pat Subpa-asa, MALD 2015 Candidate

Fletcher alumni hold a number of high-level positions of importance to the security of the region, including the newly appointed Foreign Secretary of Pakistan Aizaz Chaudry (F ’90) as well as Commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan Joseph Dunford (F ’92). Given the complexity set of issues facing the region, we’re honored to have two of our own in these important roles.

Ambassador Jilani and I agreed to stay in touch, and I look forward to continuing our conversation.

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