ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: President Mamnoon Hussain Tuesday said that Pakistan attached great importance to its relations with Lebanon, Hungary and Maldives and also desired to enhance its ties with these countries in economic, cultural and educational sectors.
The President said this while talking to the Outgoing Ambassador of Lebanon Mrs. Mona EL Tannir, Ambassador-designate to Maldives Vice Admiral (retd) Waseem Akram and Ambassador-designate to Hungary Iftikhar Aziz who called on him separately at the Aiwan-e-Sadr in Islamabad.
Senior officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs were also present on the occasion.
While talking to the outgoing ambassador of Lebanon, the President stated that Lebanon was once a great tourist attraction. He hoped for the restoration of stability in Lebanon so that it could re-attain this status.
He emphasized that cooperation between Pakistan and Lebanon should be enhanced in the fields of trade, education and culture which would further strengthen the bilateral relations between the two countries.
He appreciated the services of the outgoing ambassador and underlined that he worked painstakingly towards deepening relations between the two countries.
The President also prayed for the prosperity and wellbeing of the outgoing ambassador.
He directed ambassador-designate Vice Admiral (retd) Waseem Akram to pay special attention towards restoring the air and sea routes with Maldives so that trade between the two countries could be increased.
The President also directed ambassador-designate Iftikhar Aziz to work diligently towards enhancing trade relations with Hungary.