PR No.284 National Day Of Pakistan – Reception Islamabad

Embassy of Pakistan in Dakar (Senegal) organized a reception at a local hotel in Dakar on 23rd March 2016, to celebrate 76th Pakistan Day. Mr. Serigne Mbaye Thiam, Minister for Education was the Chief Guest at the ceremony General Birame Diop, Chief of Senegalese Air Force was also in attendance.

A large number of Diplomatic Corps, Senior Senegalese Civil and Military officials, academia, renowned businessmen, members of Pakistan community and representatives of media were among the guests.

In his welcome address, the Ambassador stated that Pakistan is a vibrant and functioning democracy with media, independent judiciary and a dynamic civil society. There is remarkable improvement in our security as the Government and armed forces have turned the tide against the terrorists and militants. “Our military offensive ‘Operation Zarb-e-Azb’ has produced remarkable results by defeating these forces of darkness”, he added.

He stated that Pakistan’s foreign policy is now of friendliness and goodwill towards all nations of the world as envisioned by the founding father, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

Pakistan has turned its focus to regional integration and connectivity. This was realized in the form of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), a project that will enhance economic activity for the entire region and promote integration.

The Ambassador expressed immense gratification that Pakistan and the Senagal enjoy warm and cordial relations. He briefly touched upon the recent meeting between the Prime Minister of Pakistan and the President of Senegal in New York, which provided a useful opportunity to explore ways to enhance bilateral trade and investment, and promote defence cooperation.

Pakistani community in Senegal, though small in number, remains an important aspect of people to people links between the two countries. He hoped that they continue to make contributions towards progress and prosperity of Senegal.

The event was well attended and provided useful opportunity to network with the Diplomatic community and senior Senegalese officials.