Islamabad - Ambassador of Republic of Bulgaria, Roumen Pirontchev, hosted a grand reception at his embassy in the Diplomatic Enclave to mark the national day of his country.

Federal Minister for Provincial Coordination Syed Riaz Husain Pirzada was the chief guest. The reception was well-attended by a large number diplomats and Pakistani community.

Ambassador of Azerbaijan Dashgin Shikarov informed that President Mamnoon Husain would visit Baku from March 11, 2015. He further elaborated that a high-powered business delegation would also accompany the president of Pakistan which will attend Pakistan-Azerbaijan Business Forum at Baku. Shikarov was hopeful that economical relations between the two brotherly countries would get a momentum after this visit. Shikarov was of the view that he is raising the issue of direct flights between Pakistan and Azerbaijan. He informed that during the president’s visit this issue is also on agenda and direct flights between Pakistan Azerbaijan would be established.

Air Chief Marshal (Retd) Jayalath Weerakkody, the high commissioner of Sri Lanka, said that newly elected President of Sri Lanka Maithripala Sirisena would visit Pakistan from March 29, 2015. Weerakkody was of the opinion that the visit of the president will establish the contact and understanding between the two leaders which will help move together in the days to come. He was of the opinion that the bilateral issues and the SAARC would also be discussed during the meeting. Weerakkody said his President made the first visit to India and before coming to Pakistan he would also visit China, which reflects that Pakistan is an important country in the region.

Ambassador of Nepal Bharat Raj Paudyal is also moving forward to strengthen the social and cultural ties between the two countries. He informed that a folk musical group would visit Pakistan from March 10, 2015 which will perform “Sattar and Sarangi” to thrill the audience. Paudiyal said that the visiting musicians belong to traditional family of Nepali music. Sattar and Sarangi are also common musical instruments in both countries which will create harmony among the two nations.

Ambassador of Hungary Istvan Szabo informed that he is going back to Hungary where he will attend the Hungarian Ambassadors’ Conference from all over the world.  Szabo is also actively involved in strengthening the bilateral relations between the two countries. He also informed that a musical band would visit Pakistan in the first week of April and would perform in the different cities of Pakistan.

Ambassador of EU Lars Gunnar Wigemark informed that he has been transferred from Pakistan to Bosnia-Herzegovina. He was standing with the Bosnian Ambassador Nedim Makarevic and his wife Jasmina Makarevic.

Wigemark termed his stay in Pakistan as the most beautiful and memorable part of his life.

He was of the opinion that the Pakistani nation should come out of negativity to follow the path of unity and democracy which will take Pakistan out of present crises.

The visit of the foreign secretary of India SJ Shankar to Pakistan was a point of interest for the various ambassadors. High Commissioner of Bangladesh Sohrab Hossain informed that the Indian foreign secretary has visited Bangladesh prior to his visit to Pakistan.

Bulgarian Ambassador Roumen Pirontchev and the Pakistani Ambassador Jamshed Iftikhar are struggling hard to enhance trade volume which is presently only $39 million. Jamshed Iftikhar met with Bulgarian Minister for Economy Boujidar Loukarsky in January 2015 to create the commerce incubator in the coastal city of Bourgas which will provide a gateway for the Pakistan products in the European markets. The Bulgarian Ambassador, is also trying hard to improve the trade volume between the two countries. He has visited many chambers of commerce and industry and the leading businessmen of Pakistan to start a trade with Bulgaria.