Islamabad: President Mamnoon Hussain Friday conferred Nishan-i-Quaid-i-Azam upon the outgoing Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Dr. Abdulaziz bin Ibrahim bin Saleh Al-Ghadeer during a special investiture ceremony held at the Aiwan-e-Sadr.
The citation read on the occasion said that Ambassador Dr. Abdulaziz bin Ibrahim bin Saleh Al-Ghadeer has worked tirelessly to further strengthen Pak-Saudi bilateral relations. In addition to working to further bring the two countries together, he took proactive measures to enhance people-to-people contacts.
His efforts were instrumental in bringing the business communities of the two countries further closer to each other that had a significant impact on increasing economic activities and trade relations between the two countries.
Ambassador Al-Ghadeer also coordinated activity of the Saudi Fund for Development which provided soft loans for several important development projects.
In the aftermath of 2011-2012 floods, Ambassador Al-Ghadeer played active role in coordinating relief assistance from the Kingdom. He personally led field campaigns and Saudi volunteer teams to participate in the provision of support and assistance to the flood affected people. His personal efforts aided in alleviating the suffering of the people of Pakistan. The campaign office working under him built schools, hospitals and rehabilitation of drinking water supplies and other important projects.
“In recognition of his long-standing meritorious services to Pakistan, the President of Islamic Republic of Pakistan has been pleased to confer on His Excellency Dr. Abdulaziz bin Ibrahim bin Saleh Al-Ghadeer, the award of ‘Nishan-i-Quaid-i-Azam”, said the citation.
On this occasion the President while appreciating the valuable contributions of Dr. Abdulaziz-Al-Ghadeer the President observed that Pakistan highly values its brotherly ties with Saudi Arabia and desires to further strengthen them in all fields.
The President wished the outgoing ambassador good health and every success in his future assignments.
He also conveyed best wishes and prayers for the good health and long life of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques His Majesty King Abdullah as well as for progress and prosperity of the people of the Kingdom.
Dr. Abdulaziz-Al-Ghadeer, thanked the President and the Government of Pakistan for the award and also for the support and cooperation that he had received during his tenure as Ambassador. He said that he will continue to play his role in further cementing Pak-Saudi ties.
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