Wednesday, September 26, 2007

New Consulate General of Pakistan starts operation in Iasi, Romania

ISLAMABAD, Sep 26 (APP): First ever Honorary Consulate General of Pakistan in Romania has stated its operation in Iasi - capital of the north-southern region of the country. Simple but impressive inaugural ceremony was held to open the consulate, that was attended by a large section of business community, high officials of the city and the regional governments, according to a message received here. Ambassador of Pakistan to Romania Sanaullah addressing on the occasion said the opening of Consulate General demonstrated Pakistan’s deep interest to engage all regions in Romania in a constructive manner for further expansion of bilateral ties.

He expressed the hope that Honorary Consulate General Maricel Popa, who enjoys the support of Romanian government and the business community, would be able to convert the Consulate into a hub of cultural as well as business activities promoting understanding and friendship between peoples of Pakistan and Romania. The ambassador said Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) is planning to organize a two-day exhibition of Pakistani fabric at the premises of the Honorary Consulate General in lasi in the second week of October 2007.

Honorary Consul General Maricel Popa would be leading a 25-member business delegation to Pakistan in “February/March next year. Prefect (Governor) Nicusor Paduraru and Mayor Mr. Gheoghe Nichita speaking on the occasion expressed the hope that opening of the Honorary Consulate would be synergetic in the multi-dimensional bilateral relations of the two countries. Mayor Gheorghe Nichita promised that the undergoing official consultations and paper work would soon be completed to sign an agreement establishing sister city relations between Iasi and Multan.

Governor Iasi, Mr. Nicusor Paduraru, on behalf of Romania extended full support to all initiatives of the newly appointed Honorary Consul General Popa. He said that Romanian government appreciated the presence of Pakistani flag in Iasi as a symbol of goodwill and cordiality. He hoped that the existing potential for collaboration in all spheres of interstate relations would be exploited for mutually beneficial trading.

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