Farewell Message From Ambassador Munter
July 23, 2012
Today is my last day in Pakistan as the U.S. Ambassador. Throughout my tenure, the United States and Pakistan have faced tremendous challenges. Our ties have suffered. But I believe that I leave at a time when our enduring relationship is poised to find new areas of mutual interest, enhanced cooperation, and increasing productivity.
With NATO supply lines open and with Prime Minister Ashraf having just concluded a successful visit to Afghanistan, Pakistan has demonstrated its intention to be a key player in fostering regional stability and taking an active role in building a stable, secure, and prosperous Afghanistan. The United States welcomes this role.
Still, Pakistan faces significant internal challenges in such areas as security, energy, education, and economic development. Pakistan must look to its own people and its own potential to meet these challenges. These problems will not be solved by blaming outsiders or foreign interference. It is my strong belief that Pakistan can overcome these challenges. As it does so, the United States will stand behind Pakistan. As Pakistan leads, the United States and Pakistan's many international friends will follow with support, assistance, and encouragement.
On a personal note, I want to thank the people of Pakistan for the incredible warmth, hospitality, and kindness you all have shown to me and my wife, Dr. Marilyn Wyatt, during our tenure here. You have truly made this our home, and a place to which we hope to return often. Despite the differences between our two governments and the difficulties we have faced, it is the people we have met that give me faith that Pakistan will achieve its potential and embody its promise. And I know that the bond between the Pakistani and the American people has been and will remain the strong foundation of our relations as nations. Thank you, and farewell.