Nawaz’s top envoy calls on Rouhani

Sartaj hands over PM’s letter to Iranian president

TEHRAN/ISLAMABAD – Adviser to prime minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, who is visiting Iran as special envoy, called on President Dr Hassan Rouhani, Foreign Office said on Monday.

“Sartaj Aziz conveyed a message of friendship, brotherhood, harmony and cooperation from Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to Dr Hassan Rouhani, underscoring the desire to strengthen relations with the Islamic Republic in all areas of bilateral cooperation and particularly in political, security and trade domains,” the FO statement said.

The top adviser handed over to the Iranian president a letter of Prime Minister Nawaz. The statement said that the prime minister was expected to pay an official visit to Iran next month. During the meeting, Sartaj emphasised that Pakistan and Iran needed to work together for stability, peace and development of the region.

He expressed the hope that bilateral relations and cooperation would gain strength during the tenure of President Rouhani. The Iranian leader stated that he was looking forward to the visit of Prime Minister Nawaz which would pave the way for enhanced cooperation and further cementing the brotherly relationship between Pakistan and Iran.

He said that Iran considered Pakistan an important neighbour and brotherly country. Earlier, Adviser Sartaj met Foreign Affairs Minister Javad Zarif. Foreign Affairs Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry was also present during the meeting. Aizaz also visited the ECO Headquarters in Tehran and met ECO Secretary General Dr Shamil Aleskerov.

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