“I have lived in Pakistan for three years and enjoyed it very much. Now Pakistan lives in me,” said the Egyptian Ambassador Said Mohammed Hindam in a farewell speech at a large dinner hosted by the Argentine Embassy and the Global Affairs Magazine in Islamabad this week. Federal Secretary of Foreign Affairs Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry was also present.
“When I arrived in Pakistan with my husband three years ago, many new ambassadors arrived. Now, their term is over and they are leaving, and new envoys are coming,” said Michele Louise Galopin, the wife of Serena’s CEO.
“The envoys will all carry great memories with them from a beautiful land,” said a Pakistani guest, adding that there will be some sad memories, too. “Yet, it is always the positive that will stay with us longest,” she added.
The formal sit-down dinner was well attended and music entertained the guests.
The Global Affairs Magazine’s executive editor, Farah Azeem Shah, MNA, gave a poet speech, and the Argentine Ambassador Rodolfo Martin Saravia was at his jovial best, thanking the outgoing ambassadors from Egypt, Czech Republic, Spain and the US. All but the American ambassador were able to attend.
Two were flying out the next morning, just having a few hours to rest before traveling, and securing space in the suitcase for the oversized coffee table book they received.
Ambassador Saravia also welcomed two new envoys, Dato Haji Mohamud Saidin and wife from Brunei and Margaret Anne Adamson and husband from Australia.