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US and China decline Pakistan's 'Mango diplomacy' citing COVID-19, sends back fruit souvenirs

Sources said the Foreign Office had also listed the French President Emmanuel Macron among the recipients but Paris hasn't responded to Pakistan's intent.

Published: 11th June 2021 07:52 PM  |   Last Updated: 12th June 2021 06:30 PM   |  A+A-

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By ANI

ISLAMABAD: United States, China along with several other countries have declined to accept mangoes that Pakistan had dispatched to heads of over 32 countries as part of its "Mango diplomacy" initiative. Pakistan Foreign Office (FO) on Wednesday dispatched boxes of the fruit but countries like US and China among others have declined to accept the souvenir, citing their coronavirus quarantine regulations.

The 'Chaunsa 'mangoes were dispatched to the heads of state/government of 32 countries on behalf of the President Dr Arif Alvi, reported The News International. Sources told the News International that the boxes of mangoes will also go to Iran, Gulf countries, Turkey, United Kingdom, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Russia.

Sources said the Foreign Office had also listed the French President Emmanuel Macron among the recipients but Paris hasn't responded to Pakistan's intent. Countries, which have expressed their regrets at accepting the gift from the president of Pakistan, include Canada, Nepal, Egypt and Sri Lanka, reported the daily.

Previously, the mango varities 'Anwar Rattol' and 'Sindhari' were also part of the consignments but the two have been dropped this time.

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  • BeHonest

    Pak FO has categorically denied this report. Tons of parcels everyday are sent from China and India to Europe and US
    3 months ago reply
  • Ahobala

    Man goes & comes back
    3 months ago reply
  • HARIHARAN D

    they would have to be named as Rusvelt
    3 months ago reply
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