WASHINGTON - Pakistan's new Ambassador to the United States Jalil Abbas Jilani, who arrived here over the weekend, presented copies of his credentials to Acting Chief of Protocol at the US Department of State Ms. Natalie Jones on Thursday.

Presenting copies of credentials to the US Chief of Protocol enables the newly arrived Ambassadors to start functioning as the accredited representatives of their Governments pending the formal ceremony at the White House.

On arrival at the State Department, Ambassador Jilani was received by the senior officials from the protocol as well as the Office of the Special Representative on Afghanistan and Pakistan (SRAP), James Dobbins.

While exchanging views with the US officials on the state of bilateral relations, Ambassador Jilani expressed his desire to further deepen and strengthen the bilateral relationship in its all aspects. Following the presentation of credentials, Ambassador Jilani was handed over the Head of Mission pin by the Acting Chief of Protocol.

Ambassador Jilani was appointed as Pakistan’s Ambassador to Washington in October this year shortly before Prime Minister’s official visit to the US.

Immediately before this assignment, Ambassador Jilani was working as the Foreign Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamabad.