Islamabad - Thai cultural troupe and halal food festival mesmerised the select audience at the Thai Embassy here Saturday night.

The event was held to inaugurate the four-day halal food festival where ambassadors, high commissioners, diplomats, politicians, senior officials from government of Pakistan, dignitaries from civil society and others were invited.

On the occasion, Sbun-Nga Chiang Mai Performance Troupe, who have come all the way from Thailand to Islamabad for the event, performed the traditional Thai dance representing various cultures and backgrounds of their homeland, which spellbound the entertainment-starved audience of the federal capital.

The festival, arranged by the Embassy in Islamabad in collaboration with the Marriott Hotel, would continue till February 24.

The festival would take place at the Marriott Hotel, where food lovers can taste the authentic Thai halal food buffet while enjoying the Thai cultural dances.

In his welcome remarks, Thai Ambassador Tomwit Jarnson welcomed the guests.

He said that the Thai Halal Food and Cultural Festival 2015 not only seeks to build confidence in the quality of Thai halal products, but also acts as a window to the culture of Thailand, which reflects customs and traditions from different parts of the country.

By providing a glimpse to the multi-cultural society of Thailand, the Royal Thai Embassy hopes to create understanding and enticement for the people of Pakistan to further explore the country, he remarked.

Strengthening ties between Pakistan and Thailand through trade and people-to-people contact is part of Thailand’s policy on regional connectivity. “This, in turn, will elevate our existing cordial relations to new heights,” said the ambassador.