Pakistan foreign minster in Iran on one-day visit

Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif leaves for Iran after visiting China

"Iran and Pakistan are two friendly, brotherly, and effective countries of the region", said President hassan Rouhani of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Tehran while receiving Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif who is visiting Tehran.

Matters of mutual interests, bilateral ties and regional situation will be reviewed in the meetings, while US Afghan policy and its effects on region will also be part of the discussion.

Afghanistan has been torn by decades of Taliban-led militancy and the 2001 invasion by the United States and its allies, while the Daesh terrorist group has emerged there more recently despite the presence of foreign troops.

The president also underlined the necessity for closer cooperation between Iran and Pakistan in countering terrorism and joint efforts to promote security along the two countries' the common borders.

Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif reaffirmed Iran's commitment to deepening relations with Pakistan in diverse fields like in trade, investment, connectivity as well as border management. "They underscored that the regional countries have vital stakes in stability in Afghanistan should play a more proactive role in the peace efforts". Both Ministers shared deep concern over human rights violations in the Indian Occupied Kashmir.

Pakistan and Iran say there is no military solution for the conflict in Afghanistan and that a negotiated political solution is imperative for lasting peace.

Foreign Office of Pakistan said that Kh Asif during his meeting with his Iranian counterpart was of the view that Pakistan was committed to further strengthen relations with Iran and to work closely for promoting peace, security and development in the region.

The foreign minister visited China last Friday and managed to win crucial support from Beijing, which urged the world to recognise Pakistan's sacrifices in the fight against terrorism.

Khawaja Asif also discussed US President Donald Trump's new strategy in Afghanistan with the Iranian leaders.

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