Diplomats share their love for Pakistani mangoes on social media

They are making quite the buzz!

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When the Australian ambassador shared his photos savoring Pakistani mangoes with knife and fork on a neatly set table, denizens dared him to put away the cutlery and eat the mangoes in “pure Pakistani style” to thoroughly enjoy them.

Two weeks later, Australia’s High Commissioner to Pakistan, Dr. Geoffrey Shaw, not only welcomed the challenge but also astonished Pakistanis.

Dr. Geoffrey is not the only one to express his fondness for Pakistani mangoes, as various other envoys also manifested their love for the mouth-watering treat.

Dr. Christian Turner, British High Commissioner to Pakistan, charmed Pakistanis when he quoted Urdu’s finest poets, Mirza Ghalib, in his tweet with images of mango slices.

The Netherlands Ambassador to Pakistan, Wouter Plomp, shared his love for mangoes too in a tweet in Urdu.

The newly-appointed Ambassador of Switzerland to Pakistan, Bénédict de Cerjat, in a tweet thanked Pakistan Army Chief General Qamar Bajwa for the “kind gesture of sending ‪mangoes” ‬to welcome him in Pakistan.

Ambassador of Azerbaijan to Pakistan, Ali Alizada, urged everyone to “strengthen immunity” amid the COVID-19 pandemic by savoring fresh and delicious Pakistani fruits.

Last year in July, the UAE Ambassador to Pakistan, Hamad Obaid Al-Zaabi, had joined a mango festival in Islamabad, where he manifested his love for Pakistani mangoes.

Mango diplomacy

Pakistan’s aromatic, juicy and sweet mangoes are more than just a national fruit. Mangoes are a part of art, poetry, culture, and a tool of connection and diplomacy as Pakistan gifts its choicest mangoes to dignitaries all over the world. Pakistani diplomats first introduced the fruit in various parts of the world in the ’60s.

Pakistan, a country that produces around 1.7 million tonnes of mangoes annually, is the world’s sixth-largest exporter of the fruit. The UAE and the KSA are among the top destinations for Pakistani mangoes, which are also exported to more than 50 countries. There are more than 250 types of mangoes in Pakistan, including Sindhri, Langra, Anwar Ratol, Samar Bahisht, and Chaunsa.

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