(London) H.E. Syed Ibne Abbas, High Commissioner for Pakistan to the United Kingdom, presented his Credentials to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, at a formal ceremony held at BuckinghamPalace today, 25 February 2015.
The High Commissioner and his spouse were escorted in a state carriage by the Marshal of the Diplomatic Corps from the Pakistan High Commission, London.
During the 20-minute audience, the High Commissioner presented his Letters of Credence to The Queen who accredited him as the High Commissioner for the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. The High Commissioner, on behalf of the President, the Prime Minister and the people of Pakistan, conveyed best wishes to the Queen, the Royal family, the government and the people of the United Kingdom. He mentioned that Her Majesty’s message of goodwill given during her visit to Pakistan in 1997 still resonated well with the people of Pakistan who hold her in very high esteem. He also expressed his desire to work for further strengthening the relations between the two countries.
Her Majesty warmly welcomed the High Commissioner and his spouse to the BuckinghamPalace. Appreciating friendly relations between Pakistan and the United Kingdom, Her Majesty the Queen extended warm wishes to the Government and the people of Pakistan, and especially Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. She very fondly remembered the sweetness and aroma of Pakistani mangoes. Condemning the horrific attack on ArmyPublic School in Peshawar, the Queen expressed her sympathies and condolences to the families of the victims.
The High Commissioner presented Her Majesty a coffee table book on Pakistan, a hand embroidered Pashmina Shawl from Kashmir and hand made souvenirs, which The Queen greatly appreciated.
After the audience with the Queen, the High Commissioner and his spouse returned to the High Commission by carriage.