Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Jackie In Khyber: How A First Lady Nurtured U.S.-Pakistan Relations


image from article, with caption: First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy visited the Khyber Pass near Pakistan's western border with Afghanistan. Standing at left: United States Ambassador to Pakistan, Walter P. McConaughy; Governor of West Pakistan, Malik Amir Mohammad Khan

Most of Pakistan remains off limits for anyone working for the U.S. government, while the State Department warns against all “non-essential” travel to the country.
But their nearly 70-year-old bilateral ties were shaped by warm personal relations between leaders bound by a Cold War alliance. Connections among leaders and their engagement in public diplomacy generated goodwill and brought their people together.
A visit by beloved U.S. First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy in 1962 was memorable. Half a century later, it is still the only trip by a U.S. first lady to the Islamic country. ...

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