Ottawa, 10 November 2022 (TDI): Leslie Scanlon has been designated to assume the role of the High Commissioner of Canada to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

The announcement for new diplomatic appointments was made on 9 November by the Foreign Minister of Canada, Melanie Joly.

According to the new appointments, Leslie Scanlon will become the new High Commissioner of Canada in Pakistan, replacing Wendy Gilmour.

Madeleine Féquière will become Consul General in Chicago, the United States (US). Féquière will be replacing John Cruickshank. David Hartman becomes Ambassador to the Republic of the Philippines replacing Peter MacArthur.

Leslie Scanlon expressed her delight at the new role as she enthusiastically waits for the new assignment. She also highlighted the relations between Canada and Pakistan that have grown to an extent in recent years.

High Commissioner

The High Commissioner is a senior diplomat ranked as an Ambassador, to Commonwealth Nations. He/She is in charge of the diplomatic missions of one commonwealth nation to another.

Canada and Pakistan Relations

Both states established diplomatic relations in 1947. Canada is represented in Pakistan by a High Commission in Islamabad while Pakistan is represented in Canada by a High Commission in Ottawa.

Canada also has a Consulate and trade office in Karachi and a Consulate in Lahore. Pakistan has Consulates General in Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver.

Both countries are members of the Commonwealth. They are also members of international organizations like the United Nations (UN).

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Canada pursues a broad range of interests with Pakistan. The bilateral cooperation includes fields related to the cultural, and political process, climate matters, peace, and regional security.

Both countries have developed their bilateral ties since 1947 and are willing to cooperate in this direction further.