05 March 2021 – Ambassador Dr. Zafar Iqbal visited Constanta, Romania – the city having fourth largest port in Europe and has the potential to serve as a feeding hub for businesses to access Eastern and Central European markets. The Ambassador met Mr. Mihai Daraban, President, Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Romania and Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Navigation &Agriculture Constanta. The meeting (a follow up on previous meeting held in August last year & Pakistan-Romania Virtual Business Forum held last month) focused on further promoting economic and commercial linkages between Pakistan and Romania.
03 March 2021 – Ambassador Dr. Zafar Iqbal during Virtual Meeting with Foreign Minister on Economic Diplomacy earlier today. Ambassador briefed Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on growing Pakistan-Romania commercial & economic engagement and priority areas the Embassy is focusing on.
02 March 2021 – ABC… linkages in Academia, Business, Culture… key to stronger Pakistan-Romania relationship –
Ambassador Dr. Zafar Iqbal visited University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine (USAMV) Bucharest & met Vice Rector Prof. PhD Florin Stanica. Discussed enhancing cooperation between USAMV Bucharest and counterpart higher education institutions of Pakistan.
22 February 2021 – Ambassador Dr. Zafar Iqbal had a meeting with representatives of Huawei Romania 🇷🇴. Discussed collaboration in social digitalization, artificial intelligence and improvement of society through use of digital technologies.
19 February 2021 – Ambassador Dr. Zafar Iqbal visited Romanian National Institute for Aerospace Research ‘ElieCarafoli’. Discussed collaboration in aerospace/aviation.
PRESENTATION OF CREDENTIALS BY H. E. DR. ZAFAR IQBAL TO THE PRESIDENT OF MOLDOVA H. E. MADAM MAIA SANDU
12 February 2021 – Ambassador of Pakistan to Romania Dr. Zafar Iqbal , who is also concurrently accredited Ambassador to Moldova, presented his Letter of Credence to the President of the Republic of Moldova, Her Excellency Madam Maia Sandu at a ceremony held at the Presidency in Chisinau.
During the discussion after the ceremony, President Maia Sandu underscored the importance that Moldova attached to its relationship with Pakistan. Dr. Zafar Iqbal, in turn, expressed that he would strive to strengthen bilateral ties and explore ways of furthering trade, investment and economic cooperation as well as people-to-people links between Pakistan and Moldova.
Diplomatic ties between Pakistan and Moldova were formally established soon after Moldova’s independence and since then both countries have enjoyed warm friendly relations.
08 February 2021 – ABC… Pakistan-Romania cooperation in Academia, Business, Culture… priority areas of Embassy’s efforts – Ambassador Dr. Zafar Iqbal visited Bucharest University & met Pro Rector Prof. BogdanStefanescu. Discussed enhancing cooperation between Bucharest University and higher education institutions of Pakistan.
KASHMIR SOLIDARITY DAY
5 February 2021 is observed as Kashmir Solidarity Day, across the globe, to reiterate support to the Kashmiri people and to highlight the atrocities being committed by India against the innocent Kashmiris in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IIOJK).
Kashmir Solidarity Day 2021 was observed at the Embassy. The messages of President Dr. ArifAlvi, Prime Minister Imran Khan and Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi were read out on this occasion. The Ambassador, during his remarks, highlighted the history of the dispute and spoke about the serious human rights situation in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) particularly in the aftermath of Indian illegal action of scrapping of Article 370 and 35A in August 2019, expressing that Pakistan will continue to provide moral, diplomatic and political support to the Kashmiri people till the fate of IIOJK is decided in accordance with the relevant UNSC Resolutions and the wishes of Kashmiri people.
A documentary on Kashmir highlighting the serious human rights violations in the IIOJK was screened. A picture exhibition showing the atrocities against Kashmiris was also arranged on this occasion.
27 January 2021 – ABC… Pakistan-Romania cooperation in Academia, Business, Culture… priority areas of Embassy’s efforts – The Ambassador met Mr. MihneaCostoiu, Rector, Politehnica University Bucharest. The discussions focused on enhancing Pakistan-Romania cooperation in higher education and science & technology.
Ambassador met Mr. Radu Magdin, CEO of Smartlink Communications and discussed collaboration with Pakistani training institutions in area of business/brand/sector specific strategic communication, image strategy and external positioning.
22 January 2021 – Produced by artistically inclined Romanians, folk art and heritage reflect cultural identity and the values of 🇷🇴 society. The Ambassador visited National Muzeum of Romanian Peasants, met Manager Dr. Virgil Stefan Nitulescu. Discussed implementing possible Pakistan-Romania collaboration projects in cultural and folk arts fields as well as cooperation with Pakistan Lok Virsa Museum.
18 January 2021 – Talent, sweat, determination, and hard work; Romanian youth, just like Pakistani youth has what it takes to turn any dream into reality. Ambassador met Mr. Lucian-Andrei Despa from University of Bucharest to discuss enhanced interaction with the youth as well as academic, youth and cultural cooperation.
06 January 2021 – “Romanian companies can increase their profit margins by sourcing inputs and products from Pakistan which offers good quality at competitive rates“ : Ambassador urges local businesses to import more from Pakistan https://investmentzoom.ro/2020/12/08/h-e-dr-zafar-iqbal-ambassador-of-the-islamic-republic-of-pakistan-in-romania/?fbclid=IwAR0wZ8sLos52orE3rQto0fFkdyDV1pCn7dzxX65WVJxPLOrB0T-l3gT6zjo
28 December 2020 – Promoting academic & training collaboration: Embassy helped organize an online lecture discussion by Mr. Flavius Caba-Maria, President of MEPEI Bucharest, Romania, for Pakistani diplomats who are presently undergoing training at the Foreign Service Academy, Islamabad
26 December 2020 – Pak exports to Romania increased by over 25% during first five months (July-Nov) of current FY 2020-21 (y-o-y). Romanian businesses being encouraged to increase their profit margins by sourcing products from Pakistan – a win-win situation for both sides
19 December 2020 – Romanian businesspersons’ meeting with Ambassador (follow-up on Amb’s Nov visit to Iasi region). Discussions focused on establishing joint trading companies to facilitate and enhance bilateral trade.
10 December 2020 – In the follow-up for the October meeting between H.E. Dr. ZafarIqbal, Ambassador of Pakistan to Romania and Mr. Flavius Caba-Maria, President, Middle East Political & Economic Institute (MEPEI), anMoU signed on Collaboration between MEPEI Bucharest and Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad.
Amb Dr Zafar Iqbal visited northeastern Romanian regions of Iaşi and Vaslui and met President County Council Iaşi, Mayor of Iaşi, President County Council of Vaslui and Mayor of Vaslui. The regions have growing IT, Industrial, Food and Tourism sectors. The highlights of the visit included a detailed round table with company representatives on promotion of Pak-Romania trade relations held at Iaşi Chamber of Commerce and Industry and an interactive session with business community of Vaslui
9 November 2020
27 October 2020 – آجمقبوضہجموں و کشمیرپربھارتکےغیرقانونیاورجبریتسلطکے 73 سالھونےپرسفارتخانہپاکستانبُخارسٹمیںیومسیاہمنایاگیا ۔ تقریبمیںپاکستانیاورکشمیریکمیونٹینےشرکتکی ۔ اسموقعپرصدرمملکتاوروزیراعظمکےخصوصیپیغاماتپڑھکرسنائےگئے ۔ سفارتخانےمیںایکخصوصیتصویرینمائشکااھتمامبھیکیاگیاجسمیںبھارتیقابضافواجکےکشمیریوںپرجاریظلم و استبدادکودکھایاگیا۔ تقریبمیںمقبوضہکشمیرمیںبھارتیمظالمپربنائیگئیایکخصوصیدستاویزیفلمبھیدکھائیگئی ۔ تقریبکااختتاممظلومکشمیریوںکیلئےخصوصیدُعااوراستجدیدعہدکےساتھھواکہپاکستانکشمیریوںکےحقخودارادیتکےحصولتکانکیجدوجہدکیہرطرحسےحمایتجاریرکھےگا
07 October 2020 – Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood & Romanian State Secretary Cornel Feruta held consultations virtually today. Exchange of views covered growing Pakistan-Romania ties, enhanced political & economic engagement, Covid-19, IIOJK, Afghan peace process. Agreed to upgrade bilateral & multilateral cooperation.
06 October 2020 – Embassy of Pakistan Bucharest among the participants invited to virtual Economic Diplomacy meeting presided over by the Foreign Minister. The participants were briefed about efforts underway to promote trade & investment relations between Romania and Pakistan.
28 September 2020 – AmbDrZafarIqbal visited Târgoviște (county capital of Dâmbovița – a region with strong textile, metallurgical, petroleum, chemical, food and construction equipment industry sectors). During the meeting with Mr. ValentinCalcan, President of Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Dâmbovița, discussions focused on strengthening bilateral cooperation in & areas.
22 September 2020 – Amb Dr. ZafarIqbal met President of Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Mr. Dan Dumitru to discuss strengthening bilateral & relations with Ilfov – a region having strong industrial, retail, and construction sector
17 September 2020 – Amb Dr. ZafarIqbal met Mr. MihaiDaraban, President of Chamber of Commerce and Industry of #Romania today. Strengthening bilateral trade and investment remains the focus of Mission’s efforts.
16 September 2020 -Ambassador Dr.ZafarIqbal met Dr. Ing. Costică T. Mustaţă, President of Bucharest Chamber of Commerce & Industry today. Discussed ways & means to enhance bilateral trade, economic and investment relations.
13 September 2020 – Award Ceremony at the conclusion of European Cricket Series (Romania chapter organized by Cricket Romania)
11 September 2020 – The whole gamut of Pakistan-Romania relations, including political, economic, trade and investment, climate change and people-to-people exchanges came under discussion during Amb Dr. ZafarIqbal’s meeting with Mr. RaduSafta, Director General (Global Affairs) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs .
03 September 2020 – Amb. Dr. ZafarIqbal had a meeting with Mr. Răzvan E. Pîrjol, State Secretary (Foreign Trade & Tourism) at the Ministry of Economy, Energy and Business Environment of Romania today. Discussed enhancing bilateral, economic, trade and investment relations.
02 September 2020 – Amb. Dr. ZafarIqbal had a meeting today with Ms. SimonaCojocaru, State Secretary/Chief of the Department for Defence Policy, Planning and International Relations of Romania. Discussed bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual interest.
01 September 2020 – Ambassador Dr. ZafarIqbal held meeting with Mr. AndiCristea, Director General, External Parliamentary Cooperation (Senate) of Romania today. Discussions focused on strengthening parliamentary linkages through enhanced collaboration/exchange of visits between friendship groups in the parliaments of Pakistan and Romania.
28 August 2020 – As part of Embassy’s efforts to promote trade &investment and economic cooperation between Pakistan and Romania, Ambassador Dr. ZafarIqbal visited northern Romanian region of #Maramures and had meetings with regional county President Gabriel ValerZetea and local businesspersons in the county capital Baia Mare.
26 August 2020 – Amb Dr. ZafarIqbal met Mr. Gheorghe Savuica, President of Romanian Institute of Euro-Asian Studies and discussed promoting linkages between Pakistani and Romanian intelligentsia and think tanks.
A flag hoisting ceremony was held in the Embassy today to mark the 74th Independence Day of Pakistan. The event was attended by Pakistani community members in Romania.
During the event, Ambassador Dr. Zafar Iqbal conducted the flag hoisting of the national flag. At this occasion, messages from the President and the Prime Minister were also read out. In his remarks, the Ambassador underscored the importance of the Independence Day of Pakistan and highlighted the struggle of the Pakistani nation in combating different challenges faced by the country since its inception. He also urged upon the community to conduct themselves in Romania in a manner that adds to the honor and dignity of Pakistan. On the above occasion, the Ambassador also highlighted the need to remember on this day, while celebrating our independence, the struggle of the Kashmiri brethren for their right of self-determination in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) especially following Indian unilateral and illegal actions of 05 August 2019.
12 August 2020 – As part of Embassy’s efforts to enhance economic and commercial content in Pak-Romania relationship, Amb Dr. ZafarIqbal held a meeting with President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) Prahova / Vice President (Economic Diplomacy) Romanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Mr. Aurelian Gogulescu. Ways and means to enhance bilateral economic and trade relations were discussed.
5 August 2020
29 July 2020 – PRESENTATION OF CREDENTIALS BY HIS EXCELLENCY DR. ZAFAR IQBAL TO THE PRESIDENT OF ROMANIA
On 29 July 2020, the Ambassador of Pakistan to Romania His Excellency Dr. ZafarIqbal presented his Letter of Credence to the President of Romania, His Excellency Klaus Iohannis.
During the meeting after the presentation of credentials ceremony, President Iohannis underscored the importance that Romania attached to its relationship with Pakistan. Dr. ZafarIqbal, in turn, expressed that it was his honour to have the duty, over the next few years, to strengthen bilateral ties and explore ways of furthering trade, investment and economic cooperation as well as people-to-people links between Pakistan and Romania.
Dr. ZafarIqbal’s professional background encompasses 20 years as a career diplomat. He was Director General (Human Resource & Career Planning) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan since September 2018 prior to his appointment as the Ambassador of Pakistan to Romania. Earlier, Dr. ZafarIqbal served as Director General (Americas) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Islamabad. He was Pakistan’s Deputy Head of Mission at the country’s Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine; First Secretary at the Embassy of Pakistan, Berlin, Germany; and Second Secretary at the Embassy of Pakistan, Tunis, Tunisia.
Diplomatic relations between Pakistan and Romania were formally established in 1964 and since then both countries have enjoyed warm friendly relations.
23 July 2020 – H.E. Dr. ZafarIqbal, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to Romania presented copy of his credentials to H.E. Mr. Cornel Feruta, State Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania, Bucharest today. During the meeting, different issues of mutual interest came up for discussion. Both sides reiterated their common objective of continuing their efforts towards taking Pakistan-Romania relations to a higher pedestal.
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