New York (Agencies): Pakistan's new permanent representative to the United Nations Munir Akram on Tuesday presented his credentials to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.
Welcoming Akram to his new role, Guterres said, Pakistan is a "very important player" in the UN, adding that it is an "enormous pleasure" to receive Akram, said a press release.
Guterres said he developed a special relationship with Pakistan during his time here as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). He expressed hopes that Pakistan's new permanent representative will contribute greatly to the exemplary relations between Pakistan and the UN.
Last month, Prime Minister Imran Khan approved appointment of Munir Akram as Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the UN.
Akram replaces outgoing ambassador Dr Maleeha Lodhi who served as Pakistan's envoy to the UN from 2015 to 2019.
Akram has served as Pakistan's permanent representative to the UN previously as well, holding the office for six years between 2002 and 2008.