Pakistan, Iran vow to expand bilateral cooperation


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Iran have expressed the resolve to expand bilateral cooperation in diverse fields including economy, trade, energy and border management for peace and security in the region.


The understanding came at a meeting between talks between Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and Iranian Foreign Minister Jawad Zarif in Islamabad on Thursday.

The two sides agreed to effectively utilize the existing institutional mechanism for bilateral interactions.

Both the sides discussed ways and means to enhance bilateral trade and economic ties.

They shared the views that Preferential Trade Agreement between the two countries should be fully implemented to promote bilateral trade.

Highlighting the significance of cooperation in the energy sector, the two sides also emphasized the need for making progress on Pakistan-Iran gas pipeline project.

Later addressing a joint news conference along with the Iranian Foreign Minister, Sartaj Aziz said Pakistan enjoys close and cordial relations with Iran deeply rooted in history, culture and geography.

Congratulating the Iranian foreign minister on Tehran’s nuclear deal with the world powers, the Advisor on Foreign Affairs said the implementation of the agreement will contribute to regional and international peace and security.

He expressed the confidence it will also open new avenues of economic and commercial cooperation between Pakistan and Iran.

The Iranian Foreign Minister said there are massive opportunities of enhancing bilateral relations between the two neighbouring countries particularly in the fields of oil, gas, banking and finance.

He said both the countries could go ahead more expeditiously on the gas pipeline projects and in this regard the relevant ministries are in touch.

He said Pakistan has been playing responsible role in the region and all the regional countries will have to work together to fight the common challenges of terrorism, extremism and sectarianism.

Responding to a question, the Iranian Foreign Minister said his country is supportive of peace and security cooperation amongst the regional countries including Pakistan and Afghanistan.

The Iranian Foreign Minister also expressed its gratitude to Pakistan for always supporting peaceful resolution of Iranian nuclear issue. He expressed the confidence that the brotherly relations will transform into meaningful economic relations.

When asked about issues on Pakistan-Iran border in Balochistan, the Iranian foreign minister said both the countries need to enhance contacts to curb incidents on the border.

When asked about the impact of China Pakistan economic corridor project on the region, Jawad Zarif said Iran supports growth and development in Pakistan. Development of both the countries is imperative to fight poverty and extremism in the region.