Beijing, 14 November 2023 (TDI): In a diplomatic change of events, Pakistan appointed Khalil Hashmi as a new Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China. 

Khalil Hashmi reached Beijing over the weekend and assumed charge of his responsibilities as Pakistan’s new envoy to China on Monday. 

Khalil Hashmi succeeded Moin Ul Haq, as the new ambassador, who returned to Pakistan after his retirement earlier this month. 

Pakistan appoints Khalil Hashmi as Ambassador to China

Ambassador Khalil, a career diplomat, on his arrival in China was received by Zhang Maoming, Deputy Director General of Asia Department of Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

Khalil Hashmi presented the copy of his credentials to Hong Lei, Director General of Protocol, Foreign Ministry of China, during his first diplomatic engagement. 

Both had a productive session of discussion and agreed to strengthen and cement the already robust China-Pakistan bilateral ties.

Ambassador Khalil expressed his appreciation and gratitude for the warm welcome in China. He also expressed in his remarks to further solidify the enduring China-Pakistan All-Weather Strategic Cooperative Partnership. 

In response, Director General Hong conveyed his best wishes to the Ambassador for a successful tenure ahead of assuming charge of his office and assured him of full support. 

Mumtaz Zahra Baloch, Spokesperson for Ministry of Foreign Affairs Pakistan, congratulated the Ambassador on his new assignment. 

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Khalil Hashmi joined the Pakistan Diplomatic Service in 1994. During his 29 years of diplomatic career, he has represented Pakistan across various Global forums. His first diplomatic assignment was at Pakistan Embassy in Copenhagen from 1992 to 2002. 

Preceding his responsibilities as the Ambassador to China, Khalil Hashmi served as Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva from November 2019 onwards. 

He also represented Pakistan’s Permanent Mission to United Nations in New York twice, including as Deputy Permanent Representative. 

In Islamabad, Khali Hashmi has served as Director General of the United Nations, European Region, and Arms Control Divisions and as the Director of South Asia, India and Disarmament Directorates.