Islamabad, 15 March 2023 (TDI): The newly appointed Envoys of Malaysia, Portugal, Kosovo, Lithuania, and Ecuador presented their credentials to the President of Pakistan, Dr. Arif Alvi.

The ceremony took place at Aiwan-e-Sadr on 15 March. It is pertinent to note that the Envoys also made separate calls to President Alvi.

The Envoys included the High Commissioner-designate of Malaysia, Mohammad Azhar Mazlan, Ambassador-designate of Portugal to Pakistan, Manuel Frederico Pinheiro da Silva, and  Non-Resident Ambassador-designate of Kosovo to Pakistan, Agon Vrenezi.

Also, the Non-Resident Ambassador-designate of Lithuania, Ricardas Degutis, and the Non-Resident Ambassador-designate of Ecuador to Pakistan, Pascual Del Cioppo Aragundi, presented their credentials.

The President welcomed the Malaysian High Commissioner and stated that relations between Pakistan and Malaysia were good and that Pakistan wished to further develop these ties in the fields of trade, defense, education, tourism, science, and technology.

He emphasized the necessity of further increasing bilateral trade for the two nations’ mutual benefit. He claimed that Pakistan produced high-quality fruits, vegetables, dairy products, pharmaceuticals, sporting goods, and surgical supplies.

Likewise, Malaysia’s needs could be met and bilateral trade could be improved by having access to Pakistani commodities in Malaysian and surrounding ASEAN markets.

He also expressed gratitude to Malaysia for always standing up for Pakistan in international forums on a range of topics.

Moving ahead, the President stated that there was a lot of room for collaboration between Pakistan and Portugal in the areas of trade, agriculture, and investment during his meeting with the Portuguese Ambassador.

In order to strengthen bilateral collaboration, he stressed the necessity for more high-level interactions. He claimed that Pakistan, which has a population of over 220 million, is a sizable market.

Along these lines, he stated that he would want to welcome Portuguese businesses to invest there in a variety of industries. He suggested that corporate delegations be helped to investigate potential areas of collaboration.

He also expressed his pleasure that parliamentary friendship groups had been established between the two nations since this would strengthen bilateral ties.

In addition, President Alvi expressed Pakistan’s desire to advance deeper collaboration with Kosovo in all areas of shared interest during his meeting with the Kosovo Ambassador.

He continued by saying that Pakistan still regarded the development of its commercial ties with Kosovo as a top priority.

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He claimed that Pakistan was a developing market with a wide range of investment opportunities and that forging connections between the two chambers of commerce would be a crucial step in advancing bilateral trade and investments.

Furthermore, he stressed the importance of increasing the number of high-level visits between the two nations.

Dr. Arif Alvi also highlighted the need to create a framework for Lithuania and Pakistan to exchange views on trade, commerce, and investment issues while speaking to the Lithuanian Ambassador.

He urged to further boost bilateral trade and collaboration. He said that the two nations had friendly relations and that Pakistan wished to increase collaboration in all areas of shared interest for the good of the two nations.

Lastly, in his conversation with Ecuador’s Ambassador, the President of Pakistan stated that Pakistan and Ecuador had friendly bilateral relations.

In this vein, he expressed Pakistan’s desire to further its political, economic, trade, and cultural ties with Ecuador. In order to improve bilateral relations, he underscored the importance of creating institutional structures between the two nations.