On the happy occasion of the national day of Pakistan, I wish to express my felicitations to Pakistani compatriots residing in Romania. The day reminds us of the valiant struggle of our elders, as envisioned by the thinker of the East Dr. Allama Mohammad Iqbal under the leadership of our father of the nation Quaid-i-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah towards achieving the goal of a separate state for the Muslims. The hapless and oppressed Muslims of the subcontinent offered enormous sacrifices towards realization of this goal. The resolution adopted at Lahore on 23 March, 1940 was to change the course of the history. It galvanized the Muslims of the subcontinent towards their aim of a homeland where they could live in peace and harmony without the distinction of race, color and religion.
It is now incumbent upon us to uphold the noble ideals of our forefathers of maintaining unity among our ranks and strive for a better future.
I am happy to note that the members of the Pakistani community though not very large in number, are contributing to the progress and prosperity of Pakistan and Romania and they act as a bridge between our two societies.
Pakistan and Romania have traditionally enjoyed excellent bilateral relations since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1964. High level exchanges are a hallmark of our friendly relations. The government of Prime Minister H.E. Muhammad Nawaz Sharif lays special emphasis on further developing these relations in diverse fields. This desire was reiterated by him in his message to the newly elected government in Romania led by Prime Minister H.E. Sorin Grindeanu. It is mutual desire of the leadership to further deepen cooperation in the fields of economy, trade, science and technology, culture and sports and various other fields.
I am confident that the bilateral relations between Pakistan and Romania that so happily exist shall continue to grow from strength in future.