The new Egyptian ambassador to Pakistan, Tarek Dahroug, paid a visit to local daily the Pakistan Observer this week, where he spoke about bilateral relations and the commonalities in the challenges facing the two states in regard to the coronavirus.
During the exclusive interview, Dahroug said that Pakistan “has successfully tackled the pandemic of coronavirus and Prime Minister Imran Khan’s smart lockdown policy has yielded quite promising results. Egypt, too, is making great efforts and is following all the essential health guidelines and SOPs to get out of COVID-19.”
Dahroug, who took over the mission in Islamabad in March, visited the offices of the Pakistan Observer on Tuesday for a tour. He lauded the role the daily has played in highlighting Pakistani-Egyptian bilateral relations in various sectors.
“Egypt was also affected by coronavirus and there were a number of similarities in ways the two countries were tackling this pandemic,” he stated.
The ambassador spoke about bilateral relations, commenting that they were already very strong but that there is a need to further expand them in various directions.
“We have to work in culture, we have to work in trade, we have to work in tourism and housing sectors and many other projects where we can work further together,” said Dahroug.
The Egyptian ambassador was also briefed by the executive editor of the paper, Gauhar Zahid Malik, and the group managing-editor, Omar Zahid Malik, on the contributions of the newspaper and on its founder, late editor-in-chief Zahid Malik, who had always believed in the need for strong relations between Pakistan and the Arab countries.
The ambassador also applauded Malik’s work and prayed for the eternal peace of his soul.