Shaukat Hussain Butt
Islamabad: Ambassador of Qatar, Saqr Bin Mubarak Al-Mansouri hosted a grand reception dinner to celebrate the country’s national day in Islamabad on Monday. A spirit of patriotism and national pride filled the air as a vast array of displays was showcased to celebrate the event.
The event was held in the Sarena Hotel and attended by many guests including diplomats and civil and army officials of Pakistan and diplomatic Defence Corps. Federal Minister for Privatization, Denial Aziz was the chief guest on the occasion.
The ceremony began with the playing of national anthems of Qatar and Pakistan. The celebrations started with the singing of National anthem of both Pakistan and Qatar and celebration cake was cut
Minister Daniyal Aziz, while thanking the hosts said Pakistan always looked forward to further strengthening its bond of friendship and brotherhood with Qatar. “Pakistani community is rendering valuable services in Qatar in medical, engineering, education and working sectors”, he said adding that Pakistan attaches importance to its ties with Qatar. The trade volume between the countries has passed $1000 million mark in recent years. He wished the Qatari ambassador and the nation many great times ahead to celebrate their national day in true spirits.
Ambassador Al-Mansouri while welcoming the guests highlighted the brotherly relations between Qatar and Pakistan. “In the coming years, we will continue to strengthen the bonds between our two countries”, he added.
The Ambassador reassured that Qatar was very well aware of Pakistan’s energy woes and economic challenges and would extend all cooperation to help the country resolve these woes. Qatar plays an important role in cooperation with Pakistan in humanitarian fields and indeed in the energy sector, he maintained.
Among the prominent personalities and diplomats who had turned up to congratulate Qatari ambassador included Deputy Chairman of Senate Abdul Ghafoor Haideri, Ambassador of the Sultanate of Oman Sheikh Mohammed Omar Ahmed Al Marhoon, High Commissioner of Sri Lanka, Ambassadors of Palestine, Jordan, Yemen, Spain, Ukraine, Romania, Azerbaijan, Iran and Iraq, Senator Lt Gen (R) Abdul Qayyum, former Senator Salim Saifullah, Abdullah Gul, Charge d’affaires of Korea, DHM of Japan embassy Mr Junya Matsuura , Amir of Jamaat-e-Islami Sirajul Haq and PTI leader Dr Shehzad Wasim.