Pak-UK close relations reflect mutual trust and understanding: Nafees Zakaria

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LONDON: Highlighting the close, cordial and trustful bilateral relations between Pakistan and Britain, the Pakistan High Commissioner to the UK, Mohammad Nafees has said that these ties satisfactorily reflect the govt to govt and people to people coordination and cooperation and we are not only hopeful but are firmly convinced that these relations will grow further in days ahead.

He expressed these views while addressing a reception held at the high commission on Tuesday on his return from Buckingham Palace where he presented his credential toHer Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The graceful eventwas attended by diplomatic fraternity, parliamentarians, British high representatives, members of the Pakistani community from various walks of life and media representatives.

The High Commissioner said that Pak-UK relations get strength and enhancement due to active and positive role of 1.5 million Pakistani diaspora living in Great Britain. The members of our dedicated community are playing pivotal role in every walk of life. It is a great desire in both communities to promote bilateral relations which are in the largest interest of both nations.

Nafees Zakaria said that today is a prestigious occasion that he presented his credentials to the Queen and also grateful to all participants of the event.

Expressing gratitude on behalf of British Government,Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps Willian Alistair Harrison appreciated the rich relationship between the two countries and said these relations are based on mutual understanding, cooperation and partnership.

“We enjoy better understanding on bilateral, regional and international issues. We wish you (high commissioner) to spend good time in Britain as a true representative of Pakistan and Pakistani nation”, the Marshal added.

The dignitaries who attended the event were including ambassadors of various countries, Dean of Diplomatic Corp Mr. Khalid Al-Duwaisan (the ambassador of Kuwait), Khalid Mahmood MP, Mohammad Yasin MP, Dr. James Shera, Ahmed Ismail (Pakistan Counsel General in Birmingham), Barrister Khawar Qureshi QC, Tariq Dar OBE and senior officials of Pakistan High Commission.

Credential presentation
Earlier, High Commissioner Mohammad Nafees Zakaria presented his Credentials to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, at a formal ceremony held at Buckingham Palace.

The High Commissioner and his Spouse were escorted in a state carriage by the Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps Willian Alistair Harrison from the Pakistan High Commission, London.
During the audience, the High Commissioner presented his Letters of Credence to The Queen, who accredited him as the High Commissioner for the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. 

The High Commissioner, on behalf of the President, the Prime Minister and the people of Pakistan, conveyed best wishes to the Queen, the Royal family, the government and people of the United Kingdom. 

He mentioned that Her Majesty’s message of goodwill given during her visits to Pakistan still resonates well with the people of Pakistan, who hold her in very high esteem. Mr Zakaria also expressed his resolve to work for further strengthening of the relations between the two countries.

Her Majesty warmly welcomed the High Commissioner and his Spouse to the Buckingham Palace. Appreciating friendly relations between Pakistan and the United Kingdom, Her Majesty The Queen extended warm wishes to the Government, people and the Leadership of Pakistan.

The High Commissioner recollected the cherished memories of Her Majesty’s two landmark visits to Pakistan in 1961 and 1997. He presented an album containing memories of Her Majesty’s visits. The leadership and the people of Pakistan are keen to welcome more Royal visits to Pakistan, added the High Commissioner.

In keeping with the tradition, the High Commissioner presented to Her Majesty the world renowned handcrafted goods and delicious mangoes of Pakistan. Her Majesty appreciated the High Commissioner’s gesture.

After the audience with the Queen, the High Commissioner and his spouse returned to the High Commission by the state carriage.

Meanwhile, despite severe indisposition and inability to walk, prominent Pakistani personality and former mayor of Rugby Dr. James Shera especially came to London to attend this prestigious event. Talking to ‘The Nation’ he said; “Today is prestigious day for him and to all members of Pakistani diaspora. High Commissioner Nafees Zakaria is representing the country and nation with dignity and pride and spoke passionately for the strengthening and building of the already good relations between the UK and Pakistan”.

“On a personal note I would like to thank him most profoundly for the warm welcome and kindness that he and his staff extended to me during my visit to the High Commission. I thoroughly enjoyed the day and was very touched by his warmth and friendship”. He is indeed a great High Commissioner and a most sincere friend. I wish him all the best and a very happy and enjoyable time throughout his tenure as High Commissioner. We all are proud of him, he emphasised.