LAHORE:June 02: Newly appointed US Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Tara Sonenshine visited the city on Friday, going to different historical places, educational institutes and other sites. She also met with students and held direct conversations with them to know their views and opinions about Pak-US relations.
Tara visited the mid-18th century Sunehri Mosque in the Old City, Minar-e-Pakistan and Kinnaird College (KC) for Women. She also participated in a US exchange alumni community service project at SOS Village.
Addressing the students at KC, she spoke about the role of public diplomacy in building bridges between people of both the countries. She said that as citizens of the globe, everybody faced a combination of shared challenges and opportunities. She discussed how US public diplomacy empowered, engaged, and supported citizens around the world. Using Pakistan as a specific example of US public diplomacy efforts, Tara noted programmes like the Fulbright scholarship in Pakistan, which was the largest programme of its kind in the world.
She also mentioned other US-funded programmes in the country, including English language courses for underprivileged students, university linkages, and cultural exchanges such as visits by jazz musicians to Lahore. Following her address, Tara held a question-answer session with the students.
The US diplomat was accompanied by a delegation comprising US Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Diplomacy South and Central Asia Jim Moore, US Consul General Lahore Nina Fite, and US Mission Pakistan Director of Strategic Communication Tom Miller.
Tara Sonenshine was sworn in as Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs on April 5. She served at the White House as part of the Clinton administration, transition director and director of foreign policy planning for the National Security Council (NSC), special assistant to the president and NSC deputy director of communications. She is also a recipient of 10 News Emmy Awards.The news.