Nawaz to meet Rouhani, Khamenei in Iran

Pakistan, Iran to sign MoUs, agreements on cooperation in various fields

ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will pay a two-day official visit to Iran from Sunday on the invitation of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

During the visit, the prime minister will have bilateral meeting with President Rouhani and call on top religious leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. This would be the first leadership level visit since the formation of new governments in the two countries, said a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The discussions would provide the two sides an opportunity to review the entire spectrum of bilateral relations as well as regional and international developments of mutual interest. Consistent with the vision of the two leaders, special focus would be attached to strengthening economic ties between Pakistan and Iran.

In this context, the existing potential of bilateral trade would be reinforced through initiatives aimed at enhancing physical connectivity between the sides. A number of MoUs and agreements on cooperation in various fields would also be signed during the visit of the Prime Minister with a view to institutionalizing mutually beneficial cooperation.

According to the Foreign Office, a peaceful neighbourhood remains a key priority of the government. Iran is an important pivot in this policy. The visit of Prime Minister Nawaz to Iran would not only provide a political affirmation to bilateral relations, but would also set a forward trajectory for their future course, it added.

The prime minister would be accompanied by a high-ranking delegation including Adviser to prime minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, Minister for Finance and Economic Affairs Senator Ishaq Dar, Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi and Balochistan Chief Minister Abdul Malik Baloch.

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