Iran And Pakistan Joint Hands In Fight Against Terrorism

Nawaz Sharif, Hassan RouhaniKABUL: (MEP) Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has arrived in Islamabad on his two-day visit on Friday a head of high ranking delegation as he was greeted by Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Shareef at the Nur Khan Airbase and was given a 21-gun salute.

Rouhani in the first day of his first landmark visit since the implementation of a nuclear agreement between Tehran and the P5+1 group of six countries held meetings with Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain, Prime Minister Nawaz Shareef, Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Shareef, and other high officials of the country.

During the meeting, President Rouhani and the Pakistani leaders vowed to stand together in fight against, extremism and terrorism.

They have also emphasized on strengthening bilateral relations, particularly after lifting of the sanctions on Iran that has opened new avenues for enhancing economic interaction.

They two nations are expected to sign documents for cooperation in the fields of electricity export, insurance, commerce, media, science and academy, health and tourism during his stay, Pakistani media said.

Nawaz emphasized that Pakistan is keen to explore all available business and trade opportunities with Iran.

Ahead of the visit, President Rouhani released a message to Pakistani nation. It said, “I believe that, at this crucial moment of the history of relations between the two countries, it is essential for Pakistan and Iran, on the basis of decades long experience of friendly relations, should lay the cornerstone of a new bilateral engagement based on the mutual interests of the two countries.”

The two sides are also expected to discuss resuming work on a stalled Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline, a project designed to help Pakistan meet its energy needs.

Iran has completed its part of the gas pipeline project with more than USD 2 billion of investment, but Pakistan has fallen behind the target to take delivery of gas, initially scheduled for 2014.


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