Iranian ambassador meets PM Shehbaz

Ambassador of Islamic Republic of Iran to Pakistan, Seyed Ali Mohammad Hossenei called on Pakistani Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif in Islamabad.

In the meeting, the two discussed issues of mutual interest and emphasis was laid on enhancing the bilateral ties between brotherly neighboring countries. The prime minister conveyed his heartiest greetings to the leadership of the Islamic Republic of Iran. He emphasized that the two countries hold historic relations and cooperation with each other that has been based upon the shared geography.

The prime minister thanked Iran for its timely assistance in controlling the forest fire in Balochistan, highlighting that it was a testament to the strong fraternal bond that existed between the two countries and peoples.

The prime minister conveyed warm greetings to the Iranian leadership and highlighted the importance of close fraternal ties between the two countries, based on shared geography, common heritage and people-to-people linkages. He also emphasized that in view of our historic relations, the 75th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations this year, should be celebrated by both countries in a most befitting manner.

The Prime Minister underlined that the vast potential existing in the areas of trade and economic cooperation should be tapped by overcoming barriers and exploring new avenues of collaboration. He also emphasized on early finalization of Polan-Gwadar project that would provide additional 100 MW of electricity from Iran to Pakistan.

In the regional context, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif conveyed gratitude for Iran’s consistent support on the issue of Kashmir, especially by the supreme leader. He expressed the hope that with the continued support of the international community, the people of Kashmir would achieve their right to self-determination, in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions and their own wishes.

Highlighting precarious humanitarian and economic situation in Afghanistan, the prime minister underlined that the people of Afghanistan should be provided access to frozen assets. He appreciated close coordination between the two countries on the situation in Afghanistan.

Ambassador of Iran reiterated felicitations from the Iranian leadership to Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on assumption of office and reaffirmed commitment to enhance bilateral cooperation in all areas of mutual interest. He also highlighted close consultations between the two countries on important regional and international issues, including Afghanistan.

While emphasizing the importance of high-level exchanges, the prime minister renewed his invitation to the Iranian leadership to visit Pakistan at an early date.

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