President Asif Ali Zardari on Monday conferred one of Pakistan’s highest civilian honours on US Assistant Secretary of State Richard Boucher for his role in promoting stable,broad-based and long-term bilateral ties.
The ‘Hilal-i-Quaid-i-Azam’ award was presented to Boucher by Zardari at a special ceremony in the Aiwan-e-Sadr or presidential palace in Islamabad.
The citation read out on the occasion said,”As Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs,Ambassador Boucher has been instrumental in promoting a stable,broad-based and long-term Pakistan-US relationship.
Boucher has been visiting Pakistan frequently for deepening bilateral cooperation in diverse areas as well as promoting shared objectives for regional peace,stability and prosperity.”
The US Assistant Secretary of State thanked the government for conferring the award on him.
Boucher is visiting Islamabad to hold talks with the country’s political leadership to take forward the investigations into the Mumbai terror strikes and ease tensions between India and Pakistan.