ISLAMABAD: Ambassadors and envoys of five countries are set to leave the country after they completed their stipulated tenures.
Diplomatic sources state that ambassadors of Argentina, Australia, European Union Syria and the Netherlands have completed their terms and will be departing soon.
Ambassador of Bulgaria Roumen has already left the country after having spent over 11 years in Pakistan. The Bulgarian ambassador had arrived in the country as the Charge d Affaires and later he was elevated to the status of ambassador.
Ambassador of European Union Jean Francois Cautain, who has spent an eventful tenure in Pakistan where he galvanized the EU presence in the country and created extensive contacts with the public and the civil society, will be soon leaving Pakistan as well.
Cautain is credited with transforming the Europe Day festivities from enclosed hotel soirées to open-air festivals thus reaching out to a significantly larger number of people and a greater cross-section of society.
He picked the scenic Lok Virsa Heritage Museum near the Pakistan Monument in the lush Shakarparian forests as the venue for the first Europe Day function. Thereafter, he moved it to the more accessible lawns of the Pakistan National Council of Arts (PNCA). He also helped set a tradition of cycling on Europe Day to raise awareness about the environment.
Similarly, the Argentinian envoy, who stepped into shoes of his predecessor Ambassador Rodolfo, is also completing his term in Pakistan. Ambassador Ivan is expected to host a farewell reception for some of his close friends.
The Dutch Ambassador Ardi, has also completed her assignment in Pakistan and already has a new challenge waiting for her in the fellow Muslim country of Indonesia.
Australian High Commissioner Margaret Adamson, who announced the end of her tenure on Monday in a message to the media, said she will be leaving in few days.
The term for the Syrian Ambassador Radwan Loutfi is also ending in the near future and it is expected that he will depart in August this year.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 11th, 2019.
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