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Pakistan's New Permanent Representative Ambassador Masood Presents his Credentials To UN Secretary General

 Masood Khan

United Nations, October 12: Pakistan's new Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Masood Khan, on Friday, presented his credentials to the UN Secretary General, H.E. Ban Ki-moon, in his office at UN Headquarters in New York.

In a meeting following the presentation of credentials, Ambassador Masood Khan conveyed the gratitude of the President, the Prime Minister and the people of Pakistan to the Secretary General for his strong and consistent support to Pakistan. "People of Pakistan would never forget the Secretary General leadership for mobilizing the humanitarian support following massive and devastating floods in Pakistan", he said. The Permanent Representative assured the Secretary General of Pakistan delegation's support to his initiative.

Welcoming the new Permanent Representative of Pakistan, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon appreciated Pakistan's active role in the UN, its contribution to the UN peacekeeping, and support to the organization's efforts to promote regional and international peace and security. He said that Ambassador Khan has assumed his position at an important moment as Pakistan is a member of the UN Security Council. The Secretary General said that he looks forward to working with Ambassador Khan and draw upon his diverse expereince in multilateral diplomacy.

Before joining this position, Ambassador Masood Khan was the Pakistan Ambassador to China. Earlier he served as Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva. Mr. Khan has, in the past chaired many international forums and conferences, including Biological Weapon Convention (BWC), the Conference on Disarmament, Internet Governance, International Organization Migration (IOM) Council, the Group of 77 and China, the Government Group of International Labour Organization (ILO) and International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent.

Ambassador Khan has been Pakistanís Sherpa (Chief Negotiator) for the last two Nuclear Security Summits.

New York, 12 October, 2012