Ambassador of Argentina to Pakistan Hosts Independence Day Ceremony in Islamabad

Arif Qureshi

Islamabad: The newly appointed Ambassador of Argentina to Pakistan Mr. Ivan Ivanissevich hosted a colorful reception to celebrate 200 years of his country independence day here in Islamabad on Tuesday at Serena Hotel. Federal Minister for States and Frontier Regions, Lt. Gen (r) Abdul Qadir Baloch, was the chief guest of the ceremony. Scores of diplomats, senior parliamentarians, business community of twin cities and security officials of diplomatic corps were among the gathering.

The ceremony was started with the playing of national anthems of Pakistan and Argentina. After the cake cutting Mr. Ivan Ivanissevich addressed the audience saying he is thankful to all of you for accepting our invitations to celebrate our Independence day with us.

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He stressed the need to enhance bilateral relations with Pakistan and said he hoped that during his tenure he will not left any stone to increase existing relations of both country. Ambassador of Argentina to Pakistan Mr. Ivan Ivanissevich is not come first time in Pakistan; he has been remained in diplomatic mission of Argentina a decade ago.

During his last term as a DCM New appointed Ambassador of Argentina Ivan Ivanissevich taught International Relations in Quaid-i-Azam University. Last week in his meeting with Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training Muhammad Balighur Rehman he had shown the desire to deliver lectures and talk in schools, colleges and universities to share his wide experience of education with Pakistani students.

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Responding the offer of Mr. Ivan Ivanissevich Minister Muhammad Balighur Rehman welcomed the offer and said Pakistani youth knew very little about Latin America and it would be a great opportunity for them to learn from the ambassador’s broad experience about his region of the world and his experience of education sector.

During the ceremony every one form diplomatic circles and Pakistani participants were reminding the former Ambassador Rodolfo Martin Saravia who served in Pakistan as Argentina ambassador for almost a decade. He was a first class ambassador who represents his country well and because of his hard work relations between Pakistan and Argentina are now at its best.

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Ambassador of Argentine Rodolfo Martin J Saravia was so respected in Pakistan; on his departure Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif honored him a farewell party. On the occasion the Prime Minister said during his tenure, Rodolfo J Martin made untiring efforts to strengthen the bilateral relations between Pakistan and Argentine.

Rodolfo J Martin Saravia made many friends here and apart from his duties, he was an extraordinary member of the diplomatic corps, Mian Nawaz sharif added. The Prime Minister said in recognition of the outgoing ambassador’s meritorious services, the government of Pakistan conferred on him Hilal-e-Pakistan, country’s highest civil award.

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Pakistan and Argentina formally established relations in October, 1951. The first significant agreement was signed in May 1983. Since then, high level visits have taken place in both countries and relations seem to have grown gradually into the cordial relationship seen today; with agreements, in principle at least, to continue discussions in fields of mutual interest such as their respective economic and political systems.

A formal agreement on bilateral trade and cooperation was signed between Argentina and Pakistan on 19 July 2002, giving their relationship “most favorable nation” status, in accordance with World Trade Organization regulations.

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