Nawaz, Rouhani discuss bilateral ties, regional situation

UNITED NATIONS: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who met here on Wednesday, discussed bilateral relations, regional situation as well as other matters of mutual interest.

The two leaders expressed satisfaction over the positive forward movement in the bilateral relations between the two countries. They also expressed their satisfaction over the pace of progress in the Pak-Iran gas pipeline project.

The two figures shared the view that Gwadar and Chahbahar seaports would be instrumental in further promoting trade in the region, agreeing that international efforts should continue for the negotiated settlement of Syria conflict.

President Rouhani said the security of Pakistan and Iran was inter-linked and Iran considered Pakistan’s progress as its own. He said there was a need to augment cooperation between the two states in the field of defence.

The Iranian president lauded PM Nawaz Sharif’s vision of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and said Iran wanted to connect with the corridor. The future of two countries was bright, he added.

He also invited Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to visit Iran.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said after the lifting of economic sanctions from Iran, Pakistan desired to double its volume of bilateral trade with the neighbouring country. He said two focal persons would be appointed on Pak-Iran gas pipeline and other energy projects.

Sharif stressed the need for removing technical impediments in the way of enhanced trade and economic cooperation between the two countries. He also apprised the Iranian president of the atrocities being committed against the innocent people of Kashmir in the Indian-occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IoK), adding that Kashmiris were facing the Indian state terrorism.

He also called for unity and solidarity among the Muslim Ummah.

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