0826 GMT September 24, 2019
The ceremony was attended by Iranian Minister of Industry, Mine and Trade Reza Rahmani as the chief guest.
A large number of guests from all walks of life, members of the Iranian Parliament, high ranking civil and military officials, diplomats, scholars, media persons and prominent citizens of both countries attended the event.
Rahmani inaugurated Pakistan’s cultural festival and visited the stalls. Showcased at the festival are Pakistan's rich cultural heritage depicting four provinces, famous Pakistani truck art, Pakistani cuisine and dhol performance by famous Pakistani artists.
The ceremony began with the playing of the national anthems of Pakistan and Iran. Masood, in her speech, welcomed the guests and expounded on the historical significance of Pakistan National Day.
Highlighting the warm and close fraternal relations between Pakistan and Iran which have the potential to grow stronger, the ambassador said developing business relations, strengthening cultural ties and encouraging more people-to-people contact is the best way forward and “we will continue to build bridges of peace and friendship between our two countries.”
Reiterating the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan for peace and development of Pakistan and ensuring regional security through mutual cooperation, the ambassador said both countries’ leadership have had good conversations on this score and Pakistan will continue to work with all its neighbors for regional stability.
In an address to the ceremony, Rahmani extended felicitations to the government and people of Pakistan on Pakistan's National Day and said that the relations between both the countries are historical and deep rooted.
He said that with the finalization of an FTA, the two countries will achieve the annual trade target of $5 billion by 2021.
At the end of the ceremony, the ambassador, Rahmani and the dignitaries cut a cake marking Pakistan National Day. Documentaries showing Pakistan's rich cultural heritage and economic progress was also screened during the event.
Pakistan National Day is a national holiday in Pakistan commemorating the Lahore Resolution passed on March 23, 1940 and the adoption of the first constitution of Pakistan during the transition of the Dominion of Pakistan to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan on March 23, 1956.
Annually Pakistan National Day is marked on March 23, but since in Iran, the occasion falls in Norouz holidays (March 21-April 2) – when Iranians celebrate the New Year, it was commemorated on April 17.