Quetta, April 29, 2011- U.S. Ambassador Cameron Munter, during his first trip to Balochistan, participated in a Pashtun tribal jirga in Quetta today. The jirga was convened by Nawab Ayaz Jogezai, a Pashtun leader and convener of the Pashtun ulas qaumi jirga. It brought together 16 Pashtun tribal leaders from Balochistan. The jirga discussed issues of mutual interest, including economic development and security. Nawab Ayaz Jogezai explained the working mechanisms of the jirga to the U.S. Envoy.
Ambassador Munter was pleased to attend in this important tribal gathering. “Balochistan is a proud province with a remarkable history, wonderful people, and strong traditions. I feel very fortunate to experience this firsthand by being included in this Pashtun tribal jirga. By meeting face to face as we have today, we can address the difficult issues facing Balochistan province together, in a spirit of open communication and collaboration,” said Ambassador Munter.
Consul General William Martin accompanied Ambassador Munter throughout his visit, during which they met with numerous civil society, military, and tribal leaders.
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