Top US diplomat bemoans challenge of ‘explaining our democracy’
Top US diplomat bemoans challenge of ‘explaining our democracy’: A top US diplomat in the Middle East has expressed rare public frustration at political tensions back home, in the week when President Donald Trump fired FBI director James Comey.
Dana Shell Smith, the US ambassador to Qatar, said in a Twitter post on Wednesday: “Increasingly difficult to wake up overseas to news from home, knowing I will spend today explaining our democracy and institutions.”
A US embassy spokesperson in Doha declined to comment on a request for clarification of the tweet. It appeared hours after Trump stunned Washington by sacking the man in charge of investigating possible collusion between his campaign team and Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election.
The US State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Smith, appointed by former President Barack Obama in 2014, struck a more upbeat note in another post on Thursday.
“Diplomats explain & defend our political system. Can be tough when partisan acrimony so high, but there is still no greater country. #USA,” she tweeted.
With enormous natural gas reserves that make it one of the world’s wealthiest countries, Qatar is home to the US air base Al Udeid, where around 10,000 military personnel are stationed, and is one of Washington’s main Arab allies.
Gulf Arab leaders will meet Trump in Saudi Arabia this month during his first international trip as president.
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Following the successful launch of HumSub TV’s head office in Blue Area, Islamabad; the bureau office has been set up in Lahore.
To project positive image building of Pakistan and inculcate nationalism, as per the vision of the founder of the nation, Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah.
HumSub TV is resolute about the promotion of a pluralistic, inclusive and egalitarian society in Pakistan where all citizens are allowed to contribute to promote interfaith harmony, peace and collective wisdom in the social, political and economic development of Pakistan and to encourage critical and lateral thinking in the society. HumSub TV strives to make a positive contribution to this end.
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HumSub TV, Pakistan’s first EDUTAINMENT Channel, has been set up for not only those audience residing in Pakistan or overseas but the international community on the whole. The vision of the channel is to project positive image building of Pakistan and inculcate nationalism as per the vision of the founder of the nation.
HumSub TV strives to make a positive contribution to this end by promoting pluralism, inclusiveness and egality in Pakistan and give voice to the suppressed. It endeavors to act as a positive catalyst for social change and Pakistani nationalism. It envisions providing a platform for airing critical and lateral thinking and collective wisdom by inviting positive minded intellectuals and opinion forming individuals for the promotion of interfaith harmony and peace in the social, political and economic development of Pakistan.
Whereas the channel airs upbeat edutainment programmes, it, nonetheless, has the primary objective of countering negative anti-Pakistan regional and international propaganda as well as advancing fundamental rights as encapsulated in the Constitution of Pakistan.
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