(2018-07-16) The Foreign Minister of Pakistan, Mr. Abdullah Hussain Haroon, received Major General Mohammad Bagheri, Chief of General Staff of Armed Forces of Iran who visited Islamabad from 15-17 July 2018. He was accompanied by a high level military delegation.
Welcoming the Chief of General Staff, Foreign Minister stated that Pakistan and Iran have enjoyed religious and socio-cultural affinities. The bilateral relations have continued to strengthen with regular exchange of visits at various levels during the past few years. He added that Pakistan was desirous to further strengthen cooperation with Iran in areas of mutual interest for the benefit of two countries and to ensure peace and stability in the region.
The Foreign Minister appreciated the Iranian leadership’s strong and consistent support on the issue of Kashmir. During the meeting, it was noted that both countries have made useful progress in areas of trade, connectivity, cultural relations and enhancing people-to-people contacts. There was a considerable scope to enhance these relations further. The Foreign Minister also briefed Major General Mohammad Bagheri on the upcoming general elections in Pakistan, expressing the desire of the government to hold free, fair and transparent elections. The two sides also discussed issues related to peace and stability in Afghanistan and other matters of mutual interest in the region.
General Bagheri conveyed the best wishes of the Iranian leadership and people of Iran for continued prosperity and progress of Pakistan. He expressed the confidence that the upcoming elections would usher Pakistan to an era of continued growth under strong leadership. He also thanked Pakistan for its principled stance on JCPOA.
16 July 2018