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Honorary Consul Generals meeting in Islamabad

The Dean of Diplomatic Corps of Consuls and Consul Generals Mian Habib Ullah convened a meeting of all the Consuls and Consul Generals in Islamabad that was followed by a dinner.

The meeting was attended by almost all the members of the Corps including Senator Salim Saifullah, Honorary Consul General of Turkey, Senator Enver Baig, Honorary Consul General of Uruguay, Syed Shibli Faraz, Honorary Consul General of Colombia, Dr. Shahid Rashid Butt, Honorary Consul General of Ghana, Mr. Masud Khan, Honorary Consul General of Lithuania, Mr. Abdul Rauf, Honorary Consul of Comoros and Mr. Kanwar M. Tariq, Honorary Consul General of the Republic of Paraguay. The meeting was a follow up of series of events that are being held by the Corps of Honorary Consuls and Consul Generals after its formation in April 2014.

The meeting reviewed the progress made so far since the formation of the forum. Mr. Kanwar M. Tariq, Honorary Consul General of Paraguay suggested that Corps should be more active and interact more keenly with the Diplomatic Corps, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other local bodies to pursue the interests of their countries to whom they represent in Pakistan. The participants unanimously endorsed the suggestion that the Diplomatic Corps should vigorously work for the promotion of commerce, culture, tourism and education.

It was agreed in the meeting that a notification regarding the appointment of Mian Habib Ullah as Dean of the Corps should be issued at the earliest and formal meetings with Chief of Protocol and Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs should be arranged. It was also decided that aims and objectives of the Corps should be formulated to activate the Corps within its parameters. All the members were unanimously of the view that the next meeting of the Corps would be held on first Tuesday of December 2014 at the Residence of the Dean of the Corps.

The Corps of Honorary Consul Generals and Consuls was initially established in April 2014 by the Honorary Consuls and Consul Generals resident in Islamabad and Peshawar. Mian Habib Ullah, Honorary Consul General of Cyprus was unanimously elected its first Dean.
The Corps representatives held their first meeting with the Adviser on National Security and Foreign Affairs in May 2014 in which, inter alia, it discussed longstanding issues and problems faced by the Honorary Diplomatic Corps.

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