UNITED NATIONS - Qazi Shaukat Fareed, a former senior Pakistani diplomat who also served the United Nations, has presented his credentials as ambassador and Permanent Observer of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM) to UN Secretary-General Ben Ki-moon at UN Headquarters in New York.

Established in 2009, PAM is an international organisation devoted to forging political, economic and social cooperation among its 26 member states of the Mediterranean region.

Headquartered in Malta, PAM has an observer status at the UN from 1966 to 1987, Fareed served as a diplomat for Pakistan in Saudi Arabia, Spain, Portugal, Mexico and at the Pakistani mission to the United Nations as the country's deputy permanent representative.

He then joined the United Nations in a senior capacity and worked in various posts, including as coordinator of emergency humanitarian assistance.

PAM' member states are: Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Bosnia-Herzegovin, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece Israel, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Palestine, Portugal, Serbia, Slovenia, Syria, Macedonia, Tunisia and Turkey.