ISLAMABAD: Outgoing ambassador of Brazil Alfredo Leoni has said Pakistan is a great country gifted with a plethora of natural resources. Pakistani people are extremely hospitable and caring.
The ambassador expressed these views while speaking on the occasion of his farewell reception. Ambassador Leoni is leaving Pakistan after completing his five year term in Pakistan.
The ambassador further said, Brazil and Pakistan have been together for quite a long time. We established diplomatic relations in 1948 soon after the creation of Pakistan.
Few years later in 1951 Pakistan opened an embassy in Pakistan at that time in Rio, which was first embassy of Pakistan in any Latin American country while Brazil opened an embassy in 1952 in Karachi, which then used to be Pakistan’s capital.
He said, Brazil was first Latin American country that opened an embassy in Pakistan. Let me tell you that we have no negative issues in our bilateral relations which, means we have maintained very friendly relations.
Both countries have been supporting each other at various forums. For instance Pakistan supported re-election of the Director General of FAO who was from Brazil. I am pleased to inform you that Pakistan’s support has always been forthcoming and vice versa, he added.
“I was extremely glad when I was appointed to serve in Pakistan keeping in view the strong friendly ties between the two countries. In fact the trusted friendship bonds between Brazil and Pakistan helped me a lot in furthering the agenda of promotion of bilateral relations”.
Let me give a brief synopsis of our achievements in the trade and economy. Brazil and Pakistan are free economies. How to facilitate business activities between the two counties was a key question that I had to address soon after taking charge of the embassy.
I think there are three major factors that ultimately lead to strengthening of business relations and one of them is to make a country better known to other country that is what I have been striving during my stay in Pakistan.
During my interactions with business people here in Pakistan I conveyed only single message that Brazil has a lot to offer so go there and explore business opportunities.=DNA