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Monday Jun 08 2020

New Pakistan envoy presents diplomatic credentials to German president

Pakistan's new Ambassador to Germany, Dr Muhammad Faisal, has officially taken over diplomatic responsibilities in Berlin by giving a letter of credence to German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

The prestigious ceremony was held on Monday at the official residence of German President known as Schloss Bellevue.

The envoy conveyed good wishes from Prime Minister Imran Khan and President Arif Alvi to the German head of state.

In a brief encounter with the president, Dr Faisal discussed the importance of bilateral ties between the two countries and hoped that his tenure would be useful in putting German-Pakistan relations on solid footings.

Welcoming the envoy to Berlin, President Steinmeier assured of strong ties between Pakistan and Germany.

The new Pakistani envoy arrived in Germany last month but the global outbreak of the coronavirus has delayed the issuance of diplomatic credentials.

Germany is Pakistan's most important trading partner in the Eurozone, and stable Pak-German relations are vital for Pakistan's economic development.

Earlier this year, Chancellor Merkel invited Prime Minister Imran Khan to pay an official visit to Germany during a brief meeting during the World Economic Forum in Davos.