Ambassador of France, Dr Marc Barety on the occasion of the National Day of his country, Saturday evening, paid rich tributes to those who lost their lives in recent terror attacks on election rallies in Mastung, Bannu and Peshawar. The ambassador requested the guests to observe one-minute silence in their memory. Terrorism he said was a scourge and we all need to fight it out together.
Chief Guest on the occasion, Minister for Information, Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage Barrister Syed Ali Zafar also delivered a touching speech on the occasion saying he and his government greatly valued France’s gesture of help and assistance whenever Pakistan was in a moment of need.
The minister said he had fond memories when he went to Alliance Francaise in Lahore at the age of 12 to learn French language. Later, all his life he felt Pakistan and France had many things in common despite the differences in culture.
In our constitution, he said, these principles are enshrined. He also emphasized cultural exchanges between Pakistan and France were the best way to reduce distances, increase bilateral understanding and enhance mutual trade between the two countries.
France he said is always there to boost cooperation in areas of climate change, water, energy and controlling of population with Pakistan. Congratulating the people and government of France on their national day, he said, “We are so far apart geographically and culturally and language wise yet we are so close in so many ways.” Ambassador Barety He said National Day of France called “Bastille Day” was commemorated on July 14 in celebration of unity of France after turmoil of the revolution. On the occasion, the chief guest distributed prizes among winners of an art competition. At the end, the guests were served with delicious French food, cake and pastries.