Islamabad: High commissioner of South Africa to Pakistan Mr. Mpendulo Jele hosted a grand reception to celebrate to the 53rd anniversary of Africa Day here at a Serena hotel in Islamabad on Sunday. Mpendulo Jele, High Commissioner of South Africa, Ambassador of Tunisia Mr. Adel Elarabi, High Commisior of Kenya Julius Kibet Bitok, Ambassador of Morocco Mushtapha Salahdine and Sudan’s Charge d’ Affairs Ahmad Abdelrehman Mohammad were in the reception line to greet the distinguished guests belonging to different segments of Pakistani society including politicians, parliamentarians, members of diplomatic community, businessmen and social activists.
Before starting the official ceremony national anthems of Pakistan and South Africa were played. It was different ceremony against the traditions in which some high profile personality or government officials are chief guest. But In that ceremony all the African ambassador and High commissioners were themselves were the chief guest and they cut the cake in front of a large audience comprising mostly form diplomatic circles of African, European and gulf.
The prime features of the ceremony were all the heads of the diplomatic mission of Africa hosted their traditional foods at their stalls on which guests showed keen interest. Live performance of African countries girls, women and children was really appreciated and enjoyed by the participant.
Describing the history of Organization of African Unity (OAU) Mpendulo Jele told Leaders of our continent came together in 1963 because they saw the requirement for the Africans to unite and fight for the freedom, integrity development and prosperity together. And finally the Organization of African Unity (OAU) was established on 25 May 1963 in Addis Ababa, on signature of the OAU Charter by representatives of 32 governments. A further 21 states have joined gradually over the years, with South Africa becoming the 53rd member on 23 May 1994.
Addressing on the occasion High Commissioner of South Africa Mpendulo Jele said ultimate goal of Organization of African Unity (OAU) are to advance the unity and solidarity of the African states, search a better life for the peoples of Africa, safeguard the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the member states, advance worldwide collaboration with UN framework and harmonies the member policies in political, diplomatic, economic, education, cultural, health, welfare scientific and defense sectors.
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