On Wednesday, mango consignments sent on behalf of Pakistani president Arif Alvi were dispatched and included famous mango varieties such as the Chaunsa, Anwar Rattol, and Sindhari.
The gesture was part of Pakistan’s Mango diplomacy, but unfortunately it backfired, because all 32 countries, including the US, Canada, China, Turkey, Russia, Bangladesh, Sri lanka and Nepal, refused to accept the mango consignments citing coronavirus restrictions and quarantine regulations.
Countries like Egypt, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Canada expressed regrets after declining the Pakistani mangoes. The countries have returned the mangoes back to Pakistan over concerns related to COVID-19. This is not the first time that a consignment of mangoes from Pakistan has been rejected by other countries. In 2018, a total of three mango consignments were rejected by UK upon detection of fruit flies within the crates of mangoes. The UK’s Department of Plant Protection (DPP) had also suspended the license of the mango exporter and had reportedly imposed sanctions on its hot-water treatment plant.