AMBASSADOR ESPIRITU PRESENTS CREDENTIALS TO
PAKISTANI PRESIDENT MAMNOON HUSSAIN
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presented his credentials as Philippine Ambassador to Pakistan to
President Mamnoon Hussain in a grand ceremony filled with pomp and
pageantry at the Aiwan-e-Sadr Presidential Palace
accompanied by his wife, Cecille Lenore Carryn Sarsuelo Espiritu,
Second Secretary and Consul Lorenzo Rhys Jungco IV and
pageantry started with the Ambassador being paraded on a horse-drawn
ceremonial carriage amidst fanfare, escorted by a cavalry detachment
of the Presidential Honor Guards cavalry in full regalia. The
highlight was the review of two platoons of the elite Presidential
Honor Guards on the parade grounds, followed by the presentation
proper and a brief meeting with the Pakistani President.
meeting with President Hussain,
conveyed the warm greetings of President Benigno S. Aquino III. He
expressed appreciation for the important support extended by the
government of Pakistan for the Southern Philippine peace process. He
vowed to work for the deepening of the long- standing friendship
between the two countries and for the enhancement of their
political, economic and socio-cultural cooperation not only on the
bilateral level, but also in regional affairs.
Hussain, in response, conveyed his best wishes to President Aquino
and acknowledged the growing ties between the Philippines and
Pakistan. He noted the cooperation of the two countries on various
international issues and stressed the contributions of Pakistan to
the maintenance of peace and stability in the region and to the
fight against terrorism.
of credentials was followed by a lunch hosted by the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs of Pakistan and a dinner hosted by the Dean of the
Diplomatic Corps in Islamabad.