COAS says Pak-Iran cooperation to have good impact on regional peace
General Bajwa discusses Afghan reconciliation process, border management, border markets with Iranian FM
Iranian Foreign Minister Dr Mohammad Javad Zarif Wednesday called on Chief of the Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa at General Headquarters.
According to a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), during the meeting, matters of mutual interest, regional security situation including Afghan reconciliation process, Pak-Iran border management and border markets were discussed.
Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif appreciated Pakistan’s positive role for regional stability, especially Afghan peace process and pledged to keep working for better relations between the two brotherly countries.
Zarif meets FM Qurehi
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and his Iranian counterpart Jawad Zarif on Wednesday discussed multilateral issues including management of common borders and the strategy to control coronavirus.
The two sides exchanged views on providing better facilities to cross-border visitors to promote people-to-people ties.
The two sides expressed resolve to continue efforts for ensuring peace and stability in Afghanistan.
On behalf of Pakistani nation, he paid tribute to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei for supporting the just cause of Kashmiris for their right to self-determination.
Both foreign ministers expressed concern over the rising trend of Islamophobia in certain European countries, stressing that blasphemy was not acceptable in the garb of freedom of expression.
Later, foreign ministers Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Jawad Zarif led their respective sides at the delegation-level talks.
Earlier, Pakistan’s Foreign Office said Foreign Minister Javad Zarif’s visit to Pakistan forms part of regular high-level exchanges between the two countries. This is his fourth visit to Pakistan during the last two and a half years.
The statement further added Pakistan and Iran enjoy close, cordial relations founded on mutual trust and augmented by affinities of faith and culture. “Bilateral collaboration between the two countries has been growing in diverse fields. The Iranian leadership has been vocal in its steadfast support on the Jammu and Kashmir dispute,” it added.
The Iranian foreign minister is also expected to hold meetings with President Dr Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan.