The first Bangladesh Ambassador to Pakistan, Abdullah Zahiruddin, presented his credentials to Pakistan's President Mr.?
The first Bangladesh Ambassador to Pakistan, Abdullah Zahiruddin, presented his credentials to Pakistan's President Mr. Fazal Elahi Chaudhry in Rawalpindi on Friday (2 January).
The new ambassador was taken to the President's house in a richly-decorated, horse-drawn coach, led by the President's bodyguard.
Mr. Zahiruddin said the two countries would come closer and establish the best of friendly relationships. He was accompanied by members of the Bangladesh Foreign Office.
Mr. Zahiruddin was a member of the Constituent Assembly of Pakistan and Minister of Education in the Pakistani Government in 1956. He was elected a member of the Pakistan National Assembly in 1970.
Bangladesh was formerly East Pakistan. It broke away from Pakistan in 1971 and was admitted to the United Nations in September 1974.
Since then the country has been fraught with political difficulties.
Bangladesh's renewal of ties with Pakistan is expected to improve the trade and economic state of the country. Pakistan is expected to be a ready market for Bangladesh products like tea and jute.
The two countries decided to exchange ambassadors last October, following talks in New York, between their heads of delegations to the United Nations General Assembly. The agreement was reached after the assassination of Bangladesh's first President Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in a coup, and the formation of a new Government.
SYNOPSIS: The Presidential residence in the Pakistan city of Rawalpindi, where Bangladesh's first ambassador to Pakistan presented his credentials on Friday. It was a bright and colourful ceremony which involved a par??? through the city.
The new ambassador is Mr. Abdullah Zahiruddin, who travelled through the streets in a richly decorated, ???-???n carriage. A large crowd watched the procession. The ambassador was met by a guard of honour at the Presidential house and he inspected it after leaving the ???arriage. His visit formalised the establishment of diplomatic relations between Pakistan and its former Eastern wing, which broke ??? in December nineteen seventy-one, to become Bangladesh.
The two countries decided to exchange ambassadors after talks in New York in October. Mr. Zahiruddin was a member of the Pakistan National Assembly before the division.
Mr. Zahiruddin met the Pakistani President, Mr. Fazal Elahi Chaudhry, and other officials, at the Presidential residence. He said the two countries would have to work out problems over the establishment of tr??? relations and communications but ??? he brought good wishes from the President, the Government and the people of Bangladesh.