Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
World | By Melba Underwood

Pakistan, Iran concerned over regional impacts of IS emergence

Pakistan, Iran concerned over regional impacts of IS emergence

Addressing the forum, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said in the seventy-year friendship both Pakistan and Iran stood by each other in hard times.

Radio Pakistan reported that a 30-member business delegation comprising representatives from economic, trade and business sectors is accompanying the Iranian foreign minister.

Prime Minister Abbasi reaffirmed Pakistan's commitment to facilitate the peace process in Afghanistan and urged Iran's government to play its part.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (4th L) and Pakistani Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal (4th R) meet in Islamabad on March 12, 2018.

The Iranian foreign minister also was scheduled to address a think tank on relations between Pakistan and Iran.

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In a meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, the top Iranian diplomat called for the expansion of relations in all fields.

They underlined that as two brotherly neighboring countries, the two sides should deepen connectivity between the two sister ports of Gwadar in Pakistan and Chahbahar in Iran to benefit from their complementarities.

The $7 billion project was conceived in the 1990s to connect Iran's giant South Pars gas field to the subcontinent.

"Pakistan and Iran strongly condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and appreciated increased cooperation in border security". "Together we can move towards free trade agreement", he said adding that Pakistan and Iran are leading Muslim countries in different industries.

The officials then held extensive talks on security issues and border control.

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