Pretoria, 15 March 2023 (TDI): Pakistan’s High Commissioner to South Africa, Aftab Hasan Khan presented his credentials to the President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa in Pretoria in a ceremony on Tuesday 14th March.

While presenting his credentials to the President of South Africa, High Commissioner Aftab Hasan Khan said, “It is a great privilege for me to convey the greetings of our President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and best wishes for you and the people of South Africa.

He further said, “it is an honor to present today my letter of commission as high commissioner of Pakistan to serve in South Africa.”

High Commissioner Aftab Hasan Khan also affirmed further strengthening the bilateral relations with South Africa during the ceremony. The Ceremony took place at Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guesthouse in Pretoria.

In addition, 17 other Heads of Mission presented their credentials to the President of South Africa, the diplomats are from the Republic of the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Norway, Austria, Belgium, Gambia, South Sudan, East Timor, Slovenia, Japan, Botswana, Australia, Mozambique, Kazakhstan, Syria and St Kitts and Nevis.

President Cyril Ramaphosa welcomed the heads of Mission designated to South Africa to serve the diplomatic relations and said that we look forward to working with you to strengthen relations between our peoples and to contribute to building a better world for the benefit of all.

He added that South Africa stands ready to work will governments and people in achieving the shared objectives.

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Further, he said, “It is our wish that we will use the good relations between our countries as the basis for greater levels of investment and bilateral trade, which will promote economic activity and development in our respective countries.”

To address global challenges such as food insecurity, energy crises, climate change, and conflict, President Cyril urged that we need to meet together to press the challenges.