Pakistan to strengthen diplomatic ties with Samoa

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Their Hignesses Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese and Masiofo Filifilia with Pakistan High Commissioner to Samoa, His Excellency Afrasiab Mehdi Hashmi and family.

BY Enender Kaiono
APIA, SAMOA: THURSDAY 20 OCTOBER 2016: The High Commissioner of Pakistan to Samoa, His Excellency Afrasiab Mehdi Hashmi is looking to strengthen the diplomatic ties between his country and Samoa.

“We wish to strengthen ties with the Government and the people of Samoa in all fields of importance,” said His Excellency when he presented his credentials to His Highness the Head of State this week.

He said Pakistan and Samoa have been “interacting with each other at the United Nations and other fora.”

Samoa’s Head of State, His Highness Tui Atua Tupua Tamasese Efi echoed His Excellency’s sentiments over the two countries close friendship and association.

“This close association has guided our collaborative efforts in maintaining peace, promoting issues of mutual importance to the development and prosperity of not only our two countries but the international community as well, “ said His Highness.

H.E. Mr. Afrasiab M Hashmi started his diplomatic career when he joined to the Foreign Service of Pakistan in 1984. Since then, he has done posting in the various Embassies of Pakistan in Washington DC- United State of America, (1987-1991)
Beijing – China, New Delhi – India (1994 – 1997) and Bangladesh.
He served as Pakistan’s Alternative Permanent Representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna from 1997 – 2000.
From 2006 – 2009, H.E. Hashmi served as Deputy High Commissioner of Pakistan to Bangladesh in 2011 – 2014.

He assumed charge of the Pakistan Mission in Wellington as High Commissioner to New Zealand in April 2016 and is concurrently accredited to Samoa, Tonga and Kiribati.

Aside from his expertise in foreign and international relation, Mr. Hashmi writes books on subjects of foreign and international relation of Pakistan and other subjects including US Foreign Service, Theology and Face Reading.