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(2018-12-24) Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi along with Foreign Secretary and Senior Officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs arrived in Tehran, today, to hold talks with Foreign Minister Dr. Javad Zarif and Senior officials of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Islamic Republic of Iran as part of the government’s policy of outreach in the neighbourhood. It was FM Qureshi’s first official visit to Iran.

Foreign Minister held detailed talks with his Iranian counterpart on strengthening the already close bilateral relations rooted in common history, culture and people-to-people ties and reaffirmed to increase cooperation. The Foreign Minister elaborated that Prime Minister Imran Khan envisions strengthening ties with Iran in diverse fields with emphasis on expanding mutually beneficial economic cooperation and development.

Foreign Minister Zarif reaffirmed Iran’s commitment to deepen relations with Pakistan in trade, investment, connectivity and border management.

Both sides also exchanged views on the evolving regional and international situation. The two Foreign Ministers deliberated on recent developments concerning peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan and on the ways to strengthen cooperation in supporting an Afghan led and Afghan owned peace process. Pakistan and Iran being the closest neighbours of Afghanistan, sharing the longest borders with Afghanistan, have important status and role in the Afghan peace process. Both countries were also central towards evolving a shared approach for long term economic progress and prosperity in the region. Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan needed to work together as nobody else loses or gains more in this regard.


24 December, 2018

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