Beijing,31 January2024(TDI):In a momentous ceremony at the Great Hall of People in Beijing, Ambassador Khalil Hashmi officially assumed his duties as the 22nd Ambassador of Pakistan to China by presenting his credentials to Chinese President Xi Jinping on January 30.
The event was attended by a distinguished gathering of foreign envoys from various countries, each marking the beginning of their diplomatic journey in China.
However, the presentation of credentials, a pivotal diplomatic tradition, was a symbolic gesture signifying the commencement of Ambassador Hashmi’s tenure in China.
President Xi Jinping warmly received the Pakistani Ambassador, extending his congratulations and emphasizing the paramount importance of fostering win-win and mutually beneficial cooperation.
China’s Foreign Policy Priorities
Moreover, marking the 75th anniversary of China’s founding, Xi emphasizes the nation’s commitment to strong, prosperous modernization and national rejuvenation.
Furthermore, the Chinese president shared insights into the nation’s foreign policy priorities, highlighting the dedication to improving the lives of 1.4 billion Chinese citizens, advocating a broader market and development opportunities globally
Meanwhile, in an unpeaceful world, China aims to contribute wisdom for peace, advocate a multipolar world, endorse economic globalization, and build a shared future for humanity.
The ceremony provided an opportunity for the envoys to engage in a brief interaction with President Xi, reinforcing the importance of diplomatic relations between their respective countries and China.
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Additionally, Xi Jinping assures the Chinese government’s support and convenience for ambassadors in their duties.
Furthermore, key Chinese officials, including Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Spokesperson Hua Chunying, attended the ceremony.
Ambassador Khalil Hashmi
Ambassador Khalil Hashmi, a seasoned diplomat with an illustrious career spanning nearly three decades in the Foreign Service of Pakistan, has held pivotal roles in both bilateral and multilateral capacities.
However, prior to his current assignment as Ambassador to China, Ambassador Hashmi served as the Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations in Geneva, showcasing his expertise in international diplomacy.
This isn’t Ambassador Hashmi’s first encounter with the diplomatic landscape of China.
He previously served as Counsellor at the Pakistan Embassy in Beijing from 2008 to 2010, further deepening his understanding of the Sino-Pak relations.
His arrival in Beijing in November 2023 marked the beginning of his official duties, and the presentation of credentials formally solidifies his role as Pakistan’s envoy to China.
However, as Ambassador Hashmi assumes his responsibilities, the embassy looks forward to further strengthening the bonds of friendship and cooperation between Pakistan and China.
Under Ambassador Hashmi’s guidance, diplomatic ties between Pakistan and China are poised to thrive, showcasing a steadfast commitment to bolstering their strategic partnership.