Islamabad - Ambassador designate of France Mrs. Martine Dorance was among the new envoys of Vietnam, Greece, Austria, Colombia, Namibia and Venezuela who presented their credentials to President Mamnoon Hussain at an impressive ceremony held at the Aiwan-e-Sadr on Thursday.

Ambassador Dorance who has studied law, political science and international relations specialises in East and South Asia and knows English, Urdu, Hindi and Italian languages. She is one the acclaimed French diplomats in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Paris and received awards, including Chevalier (Knight) of the Legion of Honour and Chevalier (Knight) of the National Order of Merit

During her meeting with the president, Pakistan-France bilateral relations were discussed. Other ambassadors designate also called on the president separately and presented their credentials. In their separate meetings, they discussed bilateral relations and matters of mutual interest.

The President felicitated the newly appointed ambassadors to Pakistan and expressed hope that they will work for further cementing the existing ties of their respective countries with Pakistan. The president also wished the newly appointed envoys a comfortable and pleasant stay in Pakistan.

Earlier, upon arrival of Mrs. Martine Dorance, Ambassador designate of France, Nguyen Xuan Luu,  Ambassador designate of  Vietnam,  Dimitrios Zoitos, Ambassador designate of Greece, Dr Brigitta Blaha, Ambassador designate of  Austria, Dr Fernando Panesso Serna,  Ambassador of Colombia (Non Resident-Based in Ankara), Ringo F. Abed,  High Commissioner designate of Kingdom of Namibia (Non Resident-Based in Beijing), and  AmenothepZambrano,  Ambassador  of  Venezuela (Non Resident-Based in Tehran) at the Presidency, the National Anthem of Pakistan and their respective countries were played  and the envoys were presented Guard of Honour by an elegant contingent of Pakistan Army.