Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI)
Centre for Middle East & Africa (CMEA)
In-House Meeting with H.E. Hamid Abbas Lafta,
Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq to Pakistan
January 5, 2021
The Centre for Middle East & Africa (CMEA) at the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI) hosted the Honorable Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq to Pakistan, H.E. Hamid Abbas Lafta today. His Excellency was received at the Institute by Chairman BOG, ISSI Ambassador Khalid Mahmood and Director CMEA, Ms. Amina Khan. First Secretary of the Iraq Embassy in Pakistan, Mrs. Wassan Jabbar Abdullah and Attache, Mr. Asseel Noori Talib were also present on the occasion.
Director CMEA, Ms. Amina Khan gave a briefing to the Ambassador on activities of ISSI and CMEA. Welcoming the Ambassador’s visit, Ms. Amina Khan remarked that academic and research interaction between both sides is key to strengthening Pakistan-Iraq bilateral relations.
Ambassador Khalid Mahmood, Chairman BOG ISSI said that the people of Pakistan regard the land and people of Iraq with high respect and reverence and the Pakistani government is keen to forge lasting ties with the Government of Iraq.
Ambassador Lafta expressed his desire to translate these friendly sentiments into practical cooperation and coordination through increased research and dialogue. In this regard, he lay emphasis on the importance of Centers such as CMEA.
Both sides pledged continued exchanges and collaboration in future.