Bucharest, 16 July 2022 (TDI): The steel cutting ceremony was held in honor of the latest warship for the Pakistan Navy in Romania. The ceremony was at Romania’s Damen Shipyard Galati.

Ambassador of Pakistan to Romania and Moldova, Dr. Zafar Iqbal inaugurated the steel cutting ceremony. While speaking to the guest, he highlighted the role Pakistan Navy in the Maritime affairs of the Indian ocean. Further, he spotlighted the efforts of the Pakistan Navy in maintaining the peace and stability of the maritime realm.

Dr. Zafar Iqbal praised Damen Shipyard Galati and its management for their professionalism in providing modern technology to the Pakistan Navy.

The Spokesperson of the Pakistan Navy also reaffirms that the new ship will be with the best weapons and technology. Two ships, the PNS Yarmouk and the PNS Tabuk have already joined the fleet.

He further added that this ship will further increase the capabilities of the Pakistan Navy in providing security in maritime.

Recent development in bilateral ties

Romanian Ambassador to Pakistan, Nicolae Goia met with Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa in April. They discussed matters of mutual interest, as well as the regional security situation, including the most recent developments in Afghanistan, and enhanced bilateral cooperation with Romania.

Pakistan’s Army Chief also stated that Pakistan values its relations with European Union countries. Further, he added that Pakistan is eager to strengthen mutually beneficial multi-domain relations based on shared interests.

Ambassador also praised Pakistan’s role in regional stability and pledged to do his part to improve diplomatic cooperation with Pakistan at all levels.

Diplomatic ties between Pakistan and Romania

Pakistan attaches great importance to its relations with Romania and regards Romania as an important member of the EU.

Since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Pakistan and Romania in 1964, both countries have grown increasingly close.

Romania regards Pakistan as a credible and responsible country, and supports it in all international forums, including Generalised Scheme of Preferences status, which has increased Pakistan’s exports to the EU by more than 30%.

Both countries held similar viewpoints on regional and international issues. Both countries have a long history of cooperation in political, economic, defense, cultural, and people-to-people exchanges.