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Mr. Mohammad Imran Mirza, Ambassador of Pakistan to the Republic of Guinea Bissau, resident in Dakar (Senegal) presented the Letter of Credence to the President of the Republic of Guinea Bissau H.E. Jose Mario Vaz in an impressive ceremony, held at the Presidential Palace on 27 October 2016. A detachment of the Presidential Guard paid salutation on his arrival at the Palace.

President Vaz warmly welcomed the Ambassador, and formally introduced his Cabinet Ministers and senior officials in the meeting. The Ambassador, on behalf of the President and Prime Minister of Pakistan, conveyed best wishes to the President, the Government and the people of the Republic of Guinea Bissau. Appreciating the friendly relations between Pakistan and Guinea Bissau, the President extended warm wishes to the President, Prime Minister and the people of Pakistan. He expressed condolences for the loss of human lives in the tragic incident in Quetta. He acknowledged Pakistan’s success in fight against terrorism and hoped that this menace would soon be totally eradicated.

Ambassador Imran Mirza appreciated the President’s kind gesture for sharing the grief of Pakistani people and availed this opportunity to raise the issue of Indian atrocities against the innocent and unarmed Kashmiris, including children and women. He informed the President that the Prime Minister of Pakistan had called upon the international community to raise their voice against these blatant human rights violations against the innocent Kashmiris, only recently causing over 120 casualties and 8000 seriously injured, mostly inflicted with severe eye injuries due to pellet guns. He also mentioned the frequent violations of ceasefire across the Line of Control from the Indian side. President Vaz expressed his deep sympathies with the Kashmiris of Indian Occupied Kashmir, and hoped for an early normalization of the tension in the region.

The Ambassador also sought the support of Guinea Bissau for Pakistan’s candidature for the Human Rights Council (HRC) for the term 2018-2020, and candidature of Dr. Sania Nishtar for the post of Director General, World Health Organization (WHO) to which the President responded positively.

While appreciating Pakistan’s expertise in the field of agriculture, the President sought Pakistan’s support by investing and transferring technology in the agriculture sector of Guinea Bissau. He expressed his desire to receive Pakistan’s businessmen for investment in Guinea Bissau.

A day earlier, the Ambassador had called on the Foreign Minister of Guinea Bissau, Mr. Soares Sambu to present a copy of Letter of Credence. During the meeting, they discussed in detail the Indian brutality in the Indian Occupied Kashmir. Ambassador Mirza requested for Guinea Bissau’s support for the candidatures of Pakistan for HRC and Dr. Sania Nishtar for the post of Director General (WHO). He assured for Guinea Bissau’s support in both the cases and informed that formal decision will be conveyed shortly.

The Ambassador invited Pakistani community (small in number) on 27 October 2016 in a local hotel in Bissau to observe the Kashmir Black Day. He shared with them the recent Indian atrocities in the Indian Occupied Kashmir. They prayed for the Kashmiri brothers and sisters and hoped that Muslim Ummah and the international community would come forward to their rescue.

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