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New Pakistani envoy Munir Akram presents credentials to UN chief

New Pakistani envoy Munir Akram presents credentials to UN chief
November 6, 2019
NEW YORK (92 news) – Munir Akram, the newly-appointed permanent representative of Pakistan to United Nations (UN), presented his credentials to UN SecretaryGeneral António Guterres on Wednesday. The presenting credentials ceremony of new permanent representative was held at the UN headquarters in New York, where UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres received the certificate from Munir Akram. On the occasion, Antonio Guterres has said that Pakistan is an important member of the UN, it is delighted to welcome the new ambassador. Akram served in the same capacity from 2002 to 2008, having been the country’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations European Office in Geneva from 1995 to 2002. He was Ambassador to Brussels from 1988 to 1992, and previously held various diplomatic assignments in Pakistan’s overseas missions, including Tokyo from 1982 to 1985, Geneva from 1979 to 1982 and New York from 1969 to 1973. Within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Akram served as Officer on Special Duty, Section Officer, Director, Director‑General and Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs between 1968 and 1995. Born in February 1945, he holds Master of Arts and Bachelor of Law degrees. On November 3, Munir Akram has taken charge of Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN). He replaced Maleeha Lodhi, who has completed her tenure. It is pertinent to mention here that Pakistan’s ambassador to the UN previously as well, holding the office for six years between 2002 and 2008. Besides holding various positions in the foreign ministry, he also served at the Pakistani missions in various world capitals, including Brussels and Tokyo. On Sep 30, Prime Minister Imran Khan has appointed senior diplomat Munir Akram has been appointed as Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to UN. He has replaced Dr Maleeha Lodhi. Moreover, Muhammad Aejaz, Additional Secretary (AIT) at MoFA, has been appointed as Ambassador of Pakistan to Hungary. Syed Sajjad Haider, presently serving as Charge d’ Affaires (ap) of Pakistan to Pyongyang, has been posted as Ambassador of Pakistan to Kuwait. Khalil Ahmad Hashmi, presently serving as Director General (UN) at MoFA, has been appointed as Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the UN in Geneva.