The newly-appointed Ambassador of Pakistan to Turkey Sohail Mahmood, presented his credentials to the President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, in an elegant ceremony held at the Presidential Palace in Ankara on Friday (13.03.2015) evening.
Ambassador Sohail Mahmood conveyed special greetings of President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif to President Erdoğan. Mahmood noted that the people and leadership of Pakistan had deep love and regard for the brotherly Turkish nation and added that it was an honour to be Pakistans Ambassador to Turkey.
Earlier, Ambassador Sohail Mahmood along with officers of Embassy of Pakistan visited the Mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk to pay homage to Turkeys first president and the great leader of its war of independence. As part of the official ceremony, he laid a floral wreath on tomb.
A career diplomat, Sohail Mahmood joined the Foreign Service of Pakistan in 1985. His first posting abroad was in Pakistan Embassy Ankara where he served during 1991-1994. He has wide experience in the diplomatic service having served in various Pakistan missions abroad including Washington, New York, and Ankara. Sohail Mahmood served as the Ambassador of Pakistan to Thailand from 2009-2013. Before assuming his duties at Ankara, Mahmood was Additional Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Islamabad.