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Pakistan announces new envoy to Delhi; nominates 18 new high commissioners, ambassadors and consul generals

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WION New Delhi/Islamabad May 20, 2019, 09.40 PM (IST) Written By: Anas Mallick , Sidhant Sibal

In Islamabad, Pakistan's foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi announced the appointment of Moin ul Haque as its envoy to Delhi. He is currently Pakistan's envoy to France. Haque joined Pakistan's foreign service in 1987 and has worked as a diplomat in Brussels, New York, Sri Lanka, Canada, Turkey and France. He has also served as the Chief of Protocol in Pakistan foreign ministry.

He takes over from Sohail Mahmood who was Pakistan's envoy to India previously and is now the country's foreign secretary. 

Imran Khan-led Pakistan has also nominated 18 new high commissioners, ambassadors and consul generals. The diplomats appointed are to China, Japan, Malaysia, the EU, Brussels, Malaysia, Portugal, Singapore, Czech Republic, Algeria, Sudan, Tajikistan, Brunei, Bosnia, Jeddah, United States and the UAE. 

In Delhi, three new envoys presented credentials to President Ram Nath Kovind. These were Coromoto Godoy Calderon, the Venezuelan envoy; Paulias Korni, the new High Commissioner of Papua New Guinea and Muhamad Talha Hajee Hajee, Panama's new Ambassador to India. 

The Venezuelan envoy takes charge even as her country faces a political battle between President Nicolás Maduro and opposition leader and Juan Guaidó.

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Presenting credentials is part of established diplomatic protocol and requires the new envoy to present a letter from his head of state to the head of the state of the country he is appointed to.

Meanwhile, Germany's new envoy to Delhi Walter J Lindner, who has already presented his credentials to President Kovind, will address his press briefing on Tuesday at Rajpath, Delhi. He is an active musician and has served in Kenya, Nicaragua, New York, Seychelles, Turkey, Venezuela, Swaziland among other nations. He was also a Special Representative of the German government for the Ebola crisis.

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In Islamabad, Pakistan's foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi announced the appointment of Moin ul Haque as its envoy to Delhi.