Scholars at Pak-Iran forum emphasise need for tangible steps to improve bilateral relations

Pakistani delegates argue historical, cultural and geographical proximity conducive to improvement in relations

A Pakistani delegation visited Tehran at the invitation of Tehran International Studies and Research Institute (TISRI) and met the researchers of the Islamic Consultative Assembly, Office of Political Studies and concluded in their discussion that tangible steps were required to enhance bilateral relations.

The panel discussion was titled ‘Emerging World Order; Pakistan’s view and requirements in Tehran-Islamabad relations’.

In the discussion, the two sides first exchanged views on changing the security and economic order at the two levels of the West Asian region and the international system and then examined the challenges and opportunities of Tehran-Islamabad bilateral relations in economic, political and security dimensions.

It is worth mentioning that from the point of view of the Pakistani delegation present at the meeting, the relations between the two countries, due to historical, cultural and geographical proximity have good potential for improvement in both formal and public dimensions. The energy field could lead to greater convergence, they opined.

The researchers discussed all of the core issues related to security, economy, politics, legislation and the relations of Pakistan and Iran with other countries that could affect their ties.

Kashmir, Afghanistan and relations with Saudi Arabia were discussed at length and the panellists were of the view that both the nations have to take some tangible steps to enhance bilateral relations.