A Pakistan Air Force C-130 carrying flood relief landed at Aghadez, 1000kms NE of Niamey.
The gift for brotherly Niger was announced by Foreign Ministèr Shah Mehmood Qureshi of Pakistan during his bilateral meetings with leadership of Niger on margins of OIC CFM hosted in Niamey during November 27-28.
The aircraft was welcomed at Agadez by numerous dignitaries reflective of the historical and fraternal Pak-Niger friendship.
HE Ahmad Ali Sirohey the Ambassador of Pakistan accompanied the honourable Cabinet Minister for Human Rights H.E. Mr. Khalid Ikhiri and Sultan of Agadez HR.H Mr. Oumarou Ibrahim Oumarou to welcome the aircraft.
Governor Aghadez Mr. Sadou Solke represented by Chief Secretary Aghadez, Mayor of Zinder, Local Parliamentarians, Representatives of Ministry of Humaniterian Action, Senior official of Nigerien Ministry of Foreign Affairs also graced the occasion.
Talking to the media, Ambassador Sirohey noted, “this gift from people of Pakistan is yet another testimony of their love and affection for the brotherly people of Niger”.
“Government and the people of Pakistan stand firmly and shoulder to shoulder with Niger”, Ambassador added.
“We are grateful to brotherly Niger for its consistent support and principled stance for Kashmir”.
Hon’ble Minister for Human Rights, while receiving the Aircraft, thanked the people and government of Pakistan for the gesture.
Embassy of Pakistan, on the directions of Hon’ble FM Qureshi has recently gifted 100 tons rice to flood affected populations, bringing the amount gifted so far to 200.
While another Pakistan Air Force C130 is operating at Niamey next week, Pakistan Navy Ship “Nasr”, is getting ready to leave on its longest humanitarian and disaster relief mission for Niger during last week of December.