Islamabad: Richard Olson, US Envoy to Pakistan, has inaugurated the new state-of-the-art building complex housing the US Embassy in Islamabad.
In a statement issued on Friday, the embassy said that the inauguration ceremony was held on July 29 in Islamabad.
Several Pakistani government officials and foreign diplomats while Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Daniel F. Feldman, and the State Department Director for Overseas Building Operations, Casey Jones, also attended the ceremony.
“As we dedicate our new United States Embassy in Pakistan, let us also re-dedicate ourselves to promoting peace and continued mutual understanding between our two countries,” the statement quoted Olson as saying at the ceremony.
“This building represents a venue where Pakistanis and Americans can continue to come together to build a better future for both our countries.”
The statement said that construction of the state-of-the-art complex began in 2011 utilizing the expertise and skill of numerous Pakistani tradespeople and crews.
“More than $85 million has been invested in the Pakistani economy through purchases of steel, cement, gravel, stone, sand and tile for the completion of the project,” the statement said.
The new building incorporates numerous features designed to protect the environment, including an array of solar panels, energy efficient lighting, and architectural sunshades to reduce heat in the building, it added.