Munir Akram, Pakistan’s new permanent representative to the United Nations, on Tuesday presented his credentials to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.
According to a press release welcoming Akram to his new role, Guterres said, Pakistan is a “very important player” in the UN, adding that it is an “enormous pleasure” to receive Akram.
Guterres said he developed a special relationship with Pakistan during his time here as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). He expressed hopes that Pakistan’s new permanent representative will contribute greatly to the exemplary relations between Pakistan and the UN. Akram has replaced Dr Maleeha Lodhi, who held the office of Pakistan’s envoy to the UN since February 2015. Akram has served as Pakistan’s permanent representative to the UN previously as well, holding the office for six years between 2002 and 2008.