Hassan Rouhani has sworn in for the second term as Iran’s President, globally acknowledged performance of diplomacy in the first term of Rouhani also got the nod from the people of Iran in the Presidential elections.
According to recent international surveys, Iran’s influence in the region has increased manifold in last few years. When Rouhani became President for the first time he had ample task in front of him to smooth the relations of Iran with major world powers. Through pragmatic approach Mr Rouhani was hailed for pushing through with the 2015 nuclear deal after taking office. The move appreciated by all at the international arena of politics. After taking oath as President for the second time, he said that compliance of Iran in nuclear deal is the sign of Iran’s goodwill on international stage and considering this fact Iran’s isolations must be ended. Though with the arrival of Donald Trump in the White House, relations of United States and Iran once again are stiff, but it is good omen that Iran has reiterated to resolve all the issues through dialogue.
Pakistan and Iran enjoy brotherly relations which are based on mutual respect and trust. Pakistan has congratulated Hassan Rouhani after a thumping victory in the Presidential elections. In the first term of Rouhani, Pakistan and Iran signed various bilateral deals to further enhance bilateral relations.
Chairman Senate Raza Rabbani had been invited to attend oath taking ceremony of Rouhani. He rightly said that strong ties of Iran and Pakistan shall further grow in the second term of Rouhani. There is great opportunity for both countries to take the bilateral trade at the set target of 5 billion US dollars in near future. Both countries can further cooperate to boost regional trade; Iran has said that Pakistan should not consider Chahbahar port as rival to Gawadar port, in reciprocal move Pakistan has offered Iran to join in China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Both countries have natural elements to become strong regional and economic partners. As the international sanctions are being lifted from Iran, Pakistan should take immediate steps to make Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline functional.
Ties between Pakistan and Iran shall grow stronger during second term of President Hassan Rouhani.