Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Iranian foreign minister to hold talks with civilian, military leaders

Iranian foreign minister to hold talks with civilian, military leaders

While talking to the Iranian Foreign Minister Dr Jawad Zarif in Islamabad, the prime minister expressed Pakistan's desire to enhance mutually beneficial economic cooperation with Iran including bilateral trade, investments, and commercial interaction.

Zarif added that the Islamic Republic also seeks to promote its banking relations with Pakistan and boost preferred tariffs levied on traded goods.

With Iran leasing out Chabahar Port to India and Pakistan Army announcing deployment of troops to Saudi Arabia, the mutual mistrust between the neighbours stands renewed.

Zarif is scheduled to hold official talks with his Pakistani counterpart Khawaja Asif later on Monday on key issues, focusing on anti-terror cooperation, border security and economic issues, official sources said.

Zarif arrived in Islamabad Sunday night at the head of a 30-member high-ranking politico-economic delegation for a three-day visit.

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"Pakistan and Iran remain actively engaged in enhancing cooperation in all areas of mutual interest", he said at his weekly briefing.

"Trade with Iran has increased by USD1 billion", said Pakistan's foreign minister.

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

Pakistani Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Faisal said Zarif's visit was "part of regular bilateral political consultations held between both sides".

The two sides had a thorough discussion over the gas pipeline of peace and they agreed to task the oil ministers of the two countries with holing technical meetings.

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