- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 19, 2013

Pakistani Ambassador Sherry Rehman doesn’t mince words. She rolls them out like fresh dough, pounds them into heaps and injects them with a “cognitive disconnect” or a “bilateral trajectory.”

Ms. Rehman served up a verbal smorgasbord as she warned the U.S. to stop drone attacks in her country, assured Washington that Islamabad wants good relations and urged Americans to try to understand Pakistanis.

At a farewell reception last week, she denounced the unmanned aerial attacks on terrorist targets, which Pakistani officials claim too often kill civilians. Ms. Rehman cited a “cognitive disconnect” between the United States and Pakistan over the drone strikes.

“This is one thing that has to change if we are ever to be sanguine that we are on the path to an upward bilateral trajectory,” she said, according to Pakistani press reports.

Ms. Rehman, a political appointee, announced her resignation after her Pakistan People’s Party lost control of the government in parliamentary elections this month. But she believes she has helped heal the diplomatic relations between the two countries.

U.S. officials have long suspected Pakistani intelligence officers of aiding terrorists to destabilize neighboring Afghanistan and attack regional rival India.

“We are on the cusp of a new normal, a less hyperbolic relationship — one founded as much on the sustainable continuum of share democratic values instead of only the sharp edge of strategic compulsions,” she said.

diplomatic traffic

Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:


 A delegation from New Zealand: Foreign Minister Murray McCully, Trade Minister Tim Groser, Defense Chief Lt. Gen. Richard Rhys Jones, Foreign Affairs Secretary John Allen, Treasury Secretary Gabriel Makhlouf and Customs Secretary Carolyn Tremain. They attend the U.S.-New Zealand Pacific Partnership Forum.


 Francoise Le Bail, director-general for justice of the European Commission, who addresses the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

 Alejandro Foxley, former foreign minister and finance minister of Chile who speaks at the Inter-American Dialogue.


 Peter Praet, a member of the executive board of the European Central Bank, who addresses the Peterson Institute for International Economics.


 Julio Calzada, secretary of Uruguay’s National Drugs Board, who briefs the Inter-American Dialogue and the Washington Office on Latin America.

 Ambassador Janez Lenarcic, director of the Office of Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. He addresses the congressional Helsinki Commission at 2:30 p.m. in Room SVC 210/212 of the Capitol Visitors’ Center.

 Embassy Row is published on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. James Morrison can be reached at [email protected] or @EmbassyRow.



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