Muscat: On Thursday, Pakistan Day celebrations at the Pakistan embassy started with a flag hoisting ceremony attended by officers at the embassy and Pakistani citizens in Oman.
Pakistan School Muscat also hosted a celebration event at the school premises attended by parents and students, alike.
Later in the evening a diplomatic reception was held at the Crowne Plaza, which was attended by Omani members of the State Council diplomatic corp, distinguished Pakistani businessmen and media persons.
Ali Javed, ambassador of Pakistan to Oman, was invited to the State Council, where he was received by Dr. Yahya bin Mahfoudh Al Mantheri, chairman of the State Council.
They reviewed bilateral relations in their entire gamut, identifying therewith areas of mutual benefit for prospective cooperation, including inter-parliamentary and people-to-people exchanges.
Al Mantheri fondly recalled his recent visit to Pakistan in January and appreciated the traditional hospitality and the sentiments of warmth accorded to his delegation. =Expressing complete satisfaction with his visit to Islamabad, Al Mantheri observed that his stay in Pakistan had provided the opportunity to both nations to renew their commitment at the highest political and parliamentary level.
Recalling further his full spectrum interactions with the leadership in Pakistan, including the President, Prime Minister, Chairman of the Senate and Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Al Mantheri conveyed best wishes and felicitations on the occasion of Pakistan Day.
Ambassador Javed, identifying the strategic overlap in bilateral history, geography and vision of the two countries’ leadership, extended his gratitude for the sentiments expressed by Al Mantheri and observed that the two parliaments represented the voice of the two nations and reflected the aspirations of both peoples. Dr Al Mantheri had led an eight-member parliamentary delegation to Pakistan from the January 11 to 14.
Upon arrival, the delegates were accorded a red carpet reception and a historic first visit to the Pakistani Parliament, previously reserved only for the head of states or government. The gesture was seen as reflective of the depth and dimension of bilateral relations between the two countries.