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Pakistan diplomatic archive The Chargé d'Affaires of Lebanon
Islamabad, Pakistan, 1972. Hikmat Nasser, The Chargé d'Affaires a.i. of Lebanon, living in Islamabad in 1972, saved the printed Eid cards (70) and printed invitations to dinner or a reception (85) received from other members of the diplomatic community. Pakistan had just suffered war with India, and the loss of its eastern portion (Bangla Desh) so it was important to normalize relationships, particularly with countries willing to loan funds to bolster the economy (China, the United States, and the USSR), as well as to strengthen pan-Islam trading ties (Afghanistan, Turkey, Iran). Represented in the collection are examples of Nasser's own cards, a few from local businesses, and at least one card from 22 countries. All the major Islamic nations are represented with cards tied with their flag colors, and embossed with the official seal; others such as Denmark, Japan, Canada, and the United Nations sponsored cultural events.
Bookseller: aGatherin' [United States]
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