Tirana, Albania (16 March 2016) – The Honorary Consulate of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan has opened yesterday in Tirana. Pakistan’s Ambassador to Albania, His Excellency Ambassador Nadeem Riyaz inaugurated the Honorary Consulate at an official reception. 
Speaking on the occasion Ambassador Riyaz noted that Pakistan and Albania enjoyed close bilateral ties. The opening of the Honorary Consulate will help to further strengthen the relations. In particular there was need to improve economic, business, and cultural relations as well as people to people contacts. Introducing Pakistan’s Honorary Consul Mr. Seyhan Pencabligil, the CEO of Banka Kombëtare Tregtare (BKT), who has Pakistani roots, he expressed the hope that the Honorary Consul will be able to accomplish this objective.
The Albanian Deputy Foreign Minister, Mr Selim Belortaja, said that the presentation of the credentials by the Pakistani Ambassador and the opening of the Honorary Consulate represented two major steps towards the realization of the expectations of the two countries for developing close bilateral relations. He appreciated the decision of the Pakistani Government to appoint Dr. Pencabligil as the Honorary Consul, as he was an important figure in the business, banking and academic sectors of Albania.
The Honorary Consul Mr. Pencabligil emphasized that there was vast potential for improving cooperation between the two countries. He underscored his commitment to particularly increase economic and commercial activity. 
The Consulate will have its seat at the head office of BKT on Bul. Zhan d'Ark.

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