US, All-Weather Friend China Decline Pakistan’s ‘Mango Diplomacy’, Send Back Fruit Souvenirs: Report

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In a major jolt for the purported ‘mango diplomacy’ of Pakistan, the United States, China along with several other countries have declined to accept mangoes that Pakistan had dispatched, reports Times Now.

As per the report, Pakistan Foreign Office (FO) on Wednesday had dispatched boxes of the fruit to heads of over 32 countries as part of its "Mango diplomacy" initiative. However, the US and other countries, including Pakistan’s ‘iron brother’ China, have declined to accept the souvenir, stating their coronavirus quarantine regulations.

The 'Chaunsa 'mangoes were sent to the head of the countries on behalf of President Dr Arif Alvi. The said souvenir was also sent to Iran, Gulf countries, Turkey, United Kingdom, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Russia.

The newspaper also said Pakistan's Foreign Office also listed French president Emmanuel Macron among the recipients but Paris hasn't responded.

It should be noted that earlier the mango varieties 'Anwar Rattol' and 'Sindhari' were also part of the consignments but the two have been dropped this time.

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