Pakistan, Iran for promoting bilateral ties in diverse fields

August 31, 2018

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Iran have underlined the need to promote bilateral relations in all areas of cooperation.

The understanding came during meeting of the visiting Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif with Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in Islamabad Friday.

“Detailed discussions were held on regional and global issues including the situation in Afghanistan and US decision to unilaterally withdraw from the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action),” a Foreign Office statement said following the meeting of the two foreign ministers here at the Foreign Affairs Ministry.

Foreign Minister Qureshi said Pakistan supported Iran’s principled stance on JCPOA and expressed hope that remaining parties to the Agreement would uphold their commitments in letter and spirit.

He termed it important that International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) had given repeated verification that Iran had strictly adhered to the terms of agreement, adding that Pakistan would stand with Iran in this hour of need.

Foreign Minister Qureshi stressed that Pakistan greatly valued Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s strong and unswerving support for the just struggle of the people of Kashmir.

The two sides noted the potential for strengthening the already strong bilateral relationship and it was agreed to host the next rounds of Bilateral Political Consultations and the Joint Economic Commission at early dates.

Useful views on strengthening cooperation in economic, trade and connectivity sectors, cultural and people to people links were exchanged. Expressing satisfaction over cooperation with regard to the Pakistan-Iran border, it was agreed to continue close consultations at various forums.

Foreign Minister Zarif thanked the government and people of Pakistan for their hospitality and warm welcome.

He also congratulated Qureshi that Pakistan’s strong protest against the blasphemous caricature competition had led to cancellation of the event and stressed that Muslim countries needed to confront Islamophobic tendencies with one voice.

Zarif is also scheduled to meet Prime Minister Imran Khan, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa and National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser.

This is the first visit of any foreign minister to Pakistan after the formation of new government.

Earlier, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of Japan Kazuyuki Nakane paid a courtesy call on FM Qureshi in the capital.  The two sides discussed cooperation in trade, investment, human resource development and science and technology.

Qureshi highlighted the new opportunities in Pakistan for trade and investment. NNI