Iranian Foreign Minister in Pakistan for talks

Iranian FM due today on 4-day visit

In a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Dr. Javad Zarif, who called on him on Monday, the prime minister reaffirmed Pakistan's desire to enhance mutually beneficial economic cooperation with Iran including bilateral trade, investments and commercial interaction.

He was addressing Pak-Iran Business Forum in Islamabad on Monday.

With Iran leasing out Chabahar Port to India and Pakistan Army announcing deployment of troops to Saudi Arabia, the mutual mistrust between the neighbours stands renewed.

During this meeting, the Iranian diplomat offered gratitude to Pakistan for undertaking stances against the anti-Iran resolution proposed at the United Nations Security Council.

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

Pakistan and Iran have had close ties.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (L) and Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi meet in Islamabad on March 12, 2018. The project does not have to cross Afghanistan for an extra 700 km in areas driven by Taliban and Daesh militants, apart from being cheaper.

Pakistani Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Faisal said Zarif's visit was "part of regular bilateral political consultations held between both sides".

Khawaja Asif said trade volume between the two countries has reached to five-billion dollars during last two years.

The visit likely aims to reduce tensions between the two neighbors. They also agreed to further involve the two sides' security committees in resolving the relevant issues.



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