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Iranian President to visit Pakistan tomorrow

24 March, 2016

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ISLAMABAD: At the invitation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, president of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, would arrive tomorrow (Friday) on a two-day official visit.

This will be Rouhani’s first visit to Pakistan as the president of Iran. He will be accompanied by a high-level delegation comprising ministers, senior officials and businessmen. During his stay in Islamabad, he will hold meetings with President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz. The leadership will have an exchange of views on strengthening bilateral relations, particularly after lifting of the sanctions on Iran that has opened new avenues for enhancing economic interaction. Cooperation on regional and international issues of mutual concern will also be discussed.

Relations between the two countries are rooted in a long history of mutual trust, based on cultural, linguistic and religious bonds, revealed a statement issued by Foreign Office. Rouhani’s visit will further deepen the existing fraternal ties between the two countries. Prime Minister Nawaz had visited Iran in May 2014 and January 2016. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had said on Monday that Pakistan valued its fraternal ties with Iran and considered it a close friend and neighbour. Talking to Iranian Ambassador Mehdi Honardoost, he said, “We are pleased to note that international economic sanctions on Iran have been lifted, paving the way for expeditious resumption of commercial and economic ties between our countries,” the prime minister said, adding that he was looking forward to welcoming President Hassan Rouhani to Pakistan.

“The visit would be a great opportunity for us to review the whole range of bilateral relations and further strengthen the brotherly ties,” he added. Thanking the prime minister for the warm welcome, Honardoost had said the current volume of bilateral trade between Iran and Pakistan did not reflect the enormous potential that existed between the two countries.

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