Traditional Moroccan delicacies double the joy on historic day

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17th anniversary of enthronement of King Mohammed VI

Zubair Qureshi

Islamabad—At a reception, Saturday evening, guests turned up in large number to felicitate Moroccan ambassador Mustapha Salahddinne on the 17th anniversary of the enthronement of King Mohammed VI. They enjoyed the traditional Moroccan hospitality on the occasion and were served with besides Pakistani and continental food, Moroccan delicacies like couscous, briouat or sweet samosa, Moroccan salads and plenty of other traditional food items.
Minister for Information Senator Pervaiz Rashid was the chief guest on the occasion while among the noted guests included Governor Punjab Rafique Rajwana, former Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Gen (R) Ehsan Ul Haq, ambassadors and high commissioners of China, Germany, France, Romania, The Netherlands, Mauritius, South Africa, India, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Tajikistan, Arab countries including UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Lebanon, Egypt, Palestine, Jordan and other countries.
One could also see PTI leader Dr Shahzad Waseem, PML-N women wing’s Amna Malik, Gen Hamid Gul’s son Abdullah Gul, Lt Gen (R) Talat Masood, local business and social community and other notables of the town. National anthems of the two countries were also played on the occasion. A cake was also cut to celebrate the 17th anniversary of the enthronement of King Mohammed VI.
Mustapha Salahddinne while talking to Pakistan Observer said it gave him immense pleasure to celebrate the great event with colleagues from diplomatic enclave and the Pakistani friends with great fervor and enthusiasm. “Today, the entire Moroccan nation is celebrating the 17th anniversary of the enthronement of His Majesty the King to reaffirm loyalty and attachment to His Majesty who is a symbol of Unity and Guarantor of supreme interests of the Moroccan nation,” said the ambassador.
Since his accession to the throne on July 30, 1999 His Majesty has initiated an unprecedented process of reforms in political, economic and cultural fields to ensure wellbeing of Moroccan people and to guide the nation to progress and prosperity, said Ambassador Salahddinne.
About relations with Pakistan, he said since establishment of diplomatic ties in 1958, Morocco and Pakistan enjoy fraternal relations based on mutual esteem and respect and have a long tradition of cooperation and coordination in various regional and international forums and institutions mainly the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC), he said. However, he admitted despite wishes and efforts by the both countries, volume of trade in goods and services is far below its potential and need to be diversifying. The two countries have expressed many times their desire to take the appropriate measures to increase trade and promote investment and partnership. No doubt, the next session of Morocco-Pakistan Joint Commission which is to be held in Islamabad will present a real opportunity for both countries to find out ways and means to enhance the bilateral economic cooperation, he said.

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