Pakistan and Iran want to take historic relations to new heights (FM)

TEHRAN: Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said energy issues were also discussed with Iran.

Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said during a press conference with his Iranian counterpart Hussein Amir Abdollahian in Tehran that Pakistan was committed to strengthening its cooperation with Iran in the energy sector by importing additional electricity.

Bilawal Bhutto said he discussed the latest developments in Afghanistan with the Iranian foreign minister and agreed that the Afghans should be helped at this critical juncture and the billions of dollars frozen in Afghanistan should be returned to them.

The foreign minister said he was happy that Pakistan and Iran are on the verge of solving one of the main obstacles to the expansion of bilateral trade by activating the barter mechanism and formalizing cross-border exchanges. “Trade will be boosted by new border crossings and border markets. Such initiatives are part of our shared commitment to provide opportunities for better economic and trade activities that will benefit the people of Iran and Pakistan and help improve the lives and well-being of people on the border,” he said. declared.

He expressed his support for Tehran in negotiating a nuclear deal with international organizations, saying, “I look forward to the day when these talks are successful and alleviate the suffering of the Iranian people.” Bilawal Bhutto Zardari also briefed Abdollahian on the human rights situation in occupied Kashmir and thanked the Iranian leadership for their continued support on the Kashmir issue.

Addressing the press conference, the Iranian Foreign Minister said: “I have a wonderful gift for the Foreign Minister of Pakistan, I have a photo album of Benazir Bhutto’s visit to Mashhad and the visit of Imam Reza”. He added, “I will present this album to them as a gift at the earliest opportunity.”

He said he was happy to welcome the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan. “The deep ties between Iran and Pakistan, two great countries in the Islamic world, have shown promise all these years and we have established relations based on developing cooperation in the new government,” Abdollahian said.

The Iranian Foreign Minister said that the long-standing issue between the two countries is the issue of increased gas exports from Iran to Pakistan and exports to this country. “We have talked about it,” he said, adding, “Despite the unilateral American sanctions, there are mechanisms in place on the international scene that we hope will allow us to continue to cooperate in the best way. possible.”

“Today we talked about bilateral relations and cooperation and promoting local trade and provincial cooperation, adopting a common vision and policy positions between border markets and Tehran and Islamabad,” he said. -he declares. We talked about cultural and tourism cooperation on the international scene, as well as economic and trade issues,” he added.

“We are against the war in Ukraine and we want to work between Iran, Russia and Ukraine to resolve this crisis,” he said, referring to regional issues including Afghanistan and Palestine. He said that Iran insists on the formation of a unified Palestinian state in Palestine and believes that the Islamic states must unite against the Zionist state which is taking threatening and hostile measures against the Islamic world.

“We hope the roots of the crisis in Afghanistan will dry up with the establishment of a comprehensive government,” he said. The solution for Afghanistan is the establishment of a comprehensive government and we hope that Afghanistan will move towards peace and tranquility as soon as possible.

The Islamic Republic of Iran supports a ceasefire in Yemen, we call for a complete end to the siege of Yemen and we support the Yemeni intra-dialogue talks.

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