Pakistan–Romania relations

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Pakistan-Romania relations
Map indicating locations of Pakistan and Romania

Pakistan

Romania

Pakistan–Romania relations are foreign relations between Pakistan and Romania. Pakistan has an embassy in Bucharest and an honorary consulate in Iaşi. Romania has an embassy in Islamabad and an honorary consulate in Lahore.

In 1964, the two countries signed their first trade agreement despite having no formal diplomatic relations.[1]

Cultural relations[edit]

A monument jointly dedicated to national poets of Romania and Pakistan, Mihai Eminescu and Allama Iqbal was erected in Islamabad, Pakistan on 15 January 2004, commemorating strong Pakistani-Romanian ties, as well as the Dialogue Between Civilizations which is possible through the cross-cultural appreciation of their poetic legacies.[2] On 15 January 2004, Ambassador of Romania, Prof. Dr. Emil Ghitulescu, initiated the construction of the monument in order to "pay a tribute to them and bring a new bond of friendship between Romania and Pakistan." The Monument represents a combination of some of the specific characteristics of Romanian and Pakistani architecture.

The Romanian pop musical band Akcent enjoys widespread popularity in Pakistan, with most of its "active fans" on Facebook being Pakistanis. In December 2010, the band visited Pakistan to perform concerts; while answering a question in an interview with a local newspaper as to why the band chose to visit Pakistan, the members remarked "With Pakistan we have a special relationship since our leaders also have close alliances. Pakistan is like a second home to us. It is a country where people really know how to enjoy themselves and have great food."[3]

Recent Agreements[edit]

In 2004 President Ion Iliescu met with Pakistani Interior Minister Markhdoom Syed Saleh Faisal Hayat at Cotroceni Palace, and discussed "the good cooperation between the Romanian Ministry of the Interior and the Pakistani Interior Ministry". Several agreements were signed to combate drug trafficking, and illegal immigration. Home Minister Ioan Rus speaking on immigration said that "out of 5,000 Pakistanis that transited Romania in 2002–2003 as few as 30 entered the country illegally."[4][5]

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