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Khalil Hashmi begins his tenure as new Ambassador of Pakistan to China
Ambassador Khalil Hashmi, a career diplomat, reached Beijing over this weekend and assumed responsibilities as Pakistan’s new envoy to China. He was received on arrival by Mr. Zhang Maoming, Deputy Director General of Asia Department of Chinese MFA. He succeeds Ambassador Moin ul Haque who returned to Pakistan on retirement early this month.
In his first official engagement, Ambassador Hashmi today presented copy of his credentials to Mr. Hong Lei, Director General of the Protocol Department.
Ambassador Hashmi expressed gratitude to the Chinese side for the warm welcome accorded to him, in keeping with the long-standing tradition of both countries. Reminiscing of his previous stint in Beijing from 2008-2010, he expressed his resolve to further solidify the already-robust relationship between the two countries. Director General Hong conveyed best wishes to the Ambassador for a successful tenure and assured him of full support.
Ambassador Khalil Hashmi is a senior Pakistani diplomat with 29 years of experience in both bilateral and multilateral relations.
Prior to his arrival in China, Ambassador Hashmi served as Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva from November 2019 onwards. He has also worked at Pakistan’s Permanent Mission to New York twice, including as Deputy Permanent Representative.
Ambassador Hashmi joined the Pakistan diplomatic service in 1994. His first diplomatic assignment was at Pakistan Embassy in Copenhagen from 1999 to 2002. In Islamabad, Ambassador Hashmi has served as Director General of the United Nations, European Region and Arms Control Divisions and as Director of South Asia, India and Disarmament Directorates.