Pakistan Honorary Consulate opens in Monaco
Namira Salim, Honorary Consul of Pakistan held a reception at the Oceanographic Museum in Monaco to mark the inauguration of the Honorary Consulate of Pakistan in the Principality of Monaco,. The event was held in the presence of H.S.H. Prince Albert II, Sovereign Prince of Monaco. Among the guests were H.E. Michel Roger, Minister of State, H.E. José Badia, Foreign Minister, officials from the Monegasque government and members of the Consular corps.
Suraiya Butt, Commercial Counsellor at the Embassy of Pakistan in France, represented Ambassador Shafkat Saeed.
The inaugural event provided guests with an opportunity to familiarize themselves with Pakistan’s cultural heritage in the form of an exhibition displaying photographs of Pakistani traditions, art and places of historical interest that are classed as UNESCO World Heritage sites, and a short film about Pakistan.
Some of the photographs also depicted the polar adventures of Namira Salim, the first Pakistani to reach the North Pole ( 2007) and South Poles ( 2008), and the first Asian woman to have skydived over Mount Everest ( 2008). Namira Salim has also trained for a suborbital space flight which will make her the first Pakistani Astronaut aboard Virgin Galactic, the first private space- line of the world.
In her address to the guests, the Honorary Consul outlined the friendly relations existing between the Principality of Monaco and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. She expressed the hope that this friendship would deepen during her tenure as Honorary Consul, reinforcing ties of mutual cooperation and bilateral relations between the two States.
Raza Samad, Country Manager, Pakistan and Afghanistan, MoneyGram (left) and Syed Hassan, Head, Financial Institutions, Bank Alfalah (right) signing the agreement.
Namira Salim (first from left) with the guests.