FM Qureshi in Iran with regional security on agenda
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi arrived in Iran’s capital on a three-day official visit on Tuesday at the invitation of Foreign Minister Dr Javad Zarif.
Director-General of Ministry of Foreign Affairs Syed Rasool Moosavi, Pakistan’s ambassador in Tehran Raheem Hayat Qureshi and senior officials received the foreign minister.
During the visit, the foreign minister will hold delegation-level talks with Foreign Minister Zarif. He will call on President Dr Hassan Rouhani and Speaker of the Parliament Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf.
The foreign minister will also visit the city of Mashhad.
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During the delegation-level talks, the two foreign ministers will review bilateral relations with a view to further deepening cooperation in diverse fields.
The two sides will discuss the regional security situation including the latest developments in the Afghan peace process and the Jammu and Kashmir dispute.
They will also deliberate on strengthening regional cooperation under the umbrella of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO).
In a video statement prior to his departure from the United Arab Emirates to Iran on Tuesday, the foreign minister said important regional matters would come under discussion during the visit to Tehran.
He thanked the supreme leadership of Iran for supporting Pakistan on the issue of Jammu and Kashmir and for taking a clear stance in this regard.
He termed Iran not only Pakistan’s neighbour, but a “tested friend” and expressed desire to strengthen ties in all areas.
Qureshi said the meetings with Iranian leadership would also focus on strengthening bilateral relationship.
The foreign minister mentioned that Iran had appreciated Pakistan’s proposal for establishing border markets and added that the matter would also be discussed.