PR No. 279 Islamabad

President Mamnoon Hussain hosted a State Banquet in honor of Heads of States/Government participating in the ECO Summit here at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, Islamabad on Tuesday. Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif was present on the occasion. President Mamnoon Hussain received the worthy dignitaries at the main entrance of the Aiwan-e-Sadr. On the occasion, children clad in traditional dress presented bouquets to the visiting dignitaries.

Before the State Banquet, Pakistani leadership and visiting leaders had informal discussion.  President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif thanked the worthy dignitaries for visiting Pakistan and the visiting leaders expressed gratitude on being accorded warm welcome. On the occasion, the worthy leaders emphasized upon the need to further enhance cooperation between ECO member States.

Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar, Minister for Planning & Development Ahsan Iqbal, Minister for SAFRON Abdul Qadir Baloch, Minister for Science & Technology Rana Tanveer Hussain, Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination Riaz Hussain Pirzada, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs and senior officials were also present on the occasion.

During the State Banquet, tunes of folk music of Pakistan were played and before the departure of worthy guests band performance was also presented which was appreciated by visiting leaders and dignitaries.