FM Bilawal departs for Iran visit today

Says Pakistan has adopted neutral stance regarding Russia-Ukraine conflict

Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari will travel to Tehran on a two-day official visit today (Tuesday) on the invitation of his Iranian counterpart Dr Amir Abdollahian.

During the visit, the foreign minister will exchange views with his Iranian counterparts in all areas of mutual interest.

He will also call on the Iranian president besides meeting other dignitaries. The foreign minister will visit Mashhad tomorrow (Wednesday).

During the delegation-level talks, the two sides will review all facets of bilateral relations, including trade and economic ties, electricity supply from Iran, border sustenance markets, road and rail connectivity and facilitation of pilgrims.

They will also review regional security situation with particular focus on developments in Afghanistan and South Asia as well as combating Islamophobia.

The FM’s visit is part of regular high-level exchanges between the two countries. The last meeting between the two foreign ministers was held on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum (WEF) at Davos on May 26, 2022.

Pakistan and Iran enjoy close cooperative ties, based on shared geography, cultural affinities and people-to-people linkages. This year, the two countries are celebrating the 75th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations.

Separately, the foreign minister said that Pakistan has adopted a neutral stance regarding the Ukraine-Russia conflict.

“The no-trust move has nothing to do with the conflict,” he said while talking to journalists.

“We buy wheat and other commodities from Ukraine but now we will witness food security issues due to a warring situation there. We want Russia and Ukraine to end the war as it is affecting the region and Pakistan as well. Moreover, climate change is also increasing food insecurity.”

“Pakistan is an agriculture state that could locally address food security issues,” he added.