Iranian FM Zarif meets COAS Bajwa and PM Imran Khan

ISLAMABAD: Iranian FM Javad Zarif on an all important diplomatic visit to Pakistan after the formation of the new government met with the new Prime Minister Imran Khan.

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Imran Khan thanked the Iranian people and leadership for their well wishes and support, he also hailed the Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei’s positive statement and show of solidarity with Pakistan on the Kashmir issue.

Furthermore, the PM invited Iran to attend the upcoming Asia co-operation dialogue, he also emphasized on the need for peace and prosperity in the region and also enforced the need for a cohesive effort against anti-Islam activities.

The Iranian Foreign Minister felicitated the new PM and wished for Pakistan’s continued success on the path to success and nation building.

He stated that Iran wished continued progress and prosperity to the people of Pakistan.

Javad Zarif delivered a message of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, inviting the Prime Minister for the upcoming Asian Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) Summit in Iran, in October 2018.

The prime minister thanked the Foreign Minister for the sincere wishes.

Recalling his recent telephonic conversation with President Rouhani, Prime Minister Imran said that Pakistan and Iran were connected by inseparable bonds of historic, religious and cultural affinities.

He added that during his tenure, Pakistan would make all efforts to cement these relations in various areas to the benefit of both countries.

The prime minister emphasized on restoring complete peace and stability in the region.

As land bridges between economically resource-rich regions, together with other regional partners, Pakistan and Iran remained the key to growth and prosperity in the region through enhancing connectivity and promoting people-to-people linkages, he added.

Referring to cancellation of blasphemous Dutch caricatures competition following the Government of Pakistan’s strong condemnation and protest recently, the prime minister underlined the need for the Muslim countries to confront Islamophobia with one voice.

The love and respect of the Holy Prophet (PBUH), was part of every Muslim’s faith and no one could be allowed to disrespect it, he added.

Zarif arrived in Islamabad on Thursday for the visit. Pakistan attaches great importance to its relations with Iran and is desirous to promote them in all areas.

Pakistan and Iran share fraternal relations: NA Speaker

ISLAMABAD, Aug 30 (APP):Iranian Foreign Minister Dr Mohammad Javad Zarif called on Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser in Parliament House here Thursday and discussed matters pertaining to bilateral relations and regional issues.

The Iranian Foreign Minister was accompanied by a high-level delegation along with Ambassador of Islamic Republic of Iran to Pakistan Mr. Mehdi Honardoost, a press release said.

During meeting, the Speaker hoped that the two sides will continue to expand economic interaction for promoting mutually beneficial cooperation in the areas of trade, investment, energy and connectivity. He further added that Pak-Iran Parliamentary engagement is highly imperative for promoting cohesion and stability in the entire region.

While talking with Iranian Foreign Minister, Asad Qaiser said that robust Pak-Iran relation is inevitable for regional peace, security and prosperity. He said that Pakistan believes in the unity of Muslim countries and stressed the importance of both Pakistan and Iran working together for resolution of problems faced by the Ummah.

Asad Qaiser said that Iran and Pakistan are intertwined by stronger multi-dimensional relations. Appreciating Iran’s geo-political significance, he remarked that Iran’s role is central to unifying the Muslim world and underlined the need for pro-active parliamentary diplomacy to further cooperation amongst the Muslim countries. He also noted that the two countries also need to move forward with consensus on matters of international importance.

The Iranian Foreign Minister said that Iran considers Pakistan as its partner for peace in the region and expressed his hope that in future both nations will continue to chart the paths of prosperity together.

He reiterated Asad Qaiser’s proposal for diversification of trade and economic relations. He also conveyed the desire of the Iranian leadership and the government for continued efforts for growth in bilateral ties. He also supported the freedom of Palestine and Kashmir and urged to resolve these issues in peaceful manners.

Contending that Iran-Pakistan ties are influenced by the ancient and historical bonds between the two nations, Mohammad Jawad Zarif said that the two nations have always stood alongside each other in difficult condition and bilateral ties are unbreakable.

He endorsed Asad Qaiser’s proposal for collaboration to promote sustainable patterns of governance and assist each other in institutional building for effective governance.

On this occasion Dr Mohammad Javad Zarif also congratulated and conveyed best wishes from Iranian Speaker and his leadership to Asad Qaiser on his election as the Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan.

COAS meets Iranian FM

Army Chief General Qamar Jawed Bajwa met Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Friday.

The military’s media wing, Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), said the Iranian foreign minister called on the army chief at the General Headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi.

General Bajwa and Zarif discussed regional security and matters of mutual interest, it added.

The Iranian foreign minister appreciated Pakistan’s contributions for conflict prevention in the region, ISPR added.

Pakistan is taking sincere steps for peace and stability in the region, Zarif was further quoted as saying.

 

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