PM, Iranian Supreme Leader Khamenei discuss matters of mutual interest
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan held a meeting with Supreme Leader of Iran Syed Ali Khamenei in Tehran.
The prime minister accompanying his delegation met Ayatollah Khamenei. Both the leaders discussed matters of mutual interest.
Imran Khan is visiting Tehran for the first time after his victory in election. The visit is taking place on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of establishment of Pakistan-Iran relations.
Prior to Tehran, Imran Khan was in the holy city of Mashad on pilgrimage to the holy shrine of Imam Reza (AS), the eighth Shia Imam.
President Hassan Rouhani officially welcomed the premier on Monday and the two countries’ high-ranking officials.
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Addressing a joint press conference with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani after a meeting on Monday, he said that a considerable change is being witnessed in Iran. “The terrorism issue is a challenge for both countries,” he declared.
“Pakistan wants no loss be caused to Pakistan from Iran. Difference emerged between us due to terrorism. I have come to end those differences,” he said.
The prime minister said that progress of the region lies only in peace. “The Indian forces cannot suppress the voice of Kashmiris by committing atrocities. We are bringing about a revolution in Pakistan, which is ‘Naya Pakistan’” he declared.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that both sides had agreed on joint efforts against terrorism. “We will take all steps to complete the Pak-Iran gas pipeline project,” he said.
The Iranian president said that unfortunately they witnessed some tensions in the border areas in the recent past where the terrorists perpetrated their nefarious acts. “Both the sides during talks reaffirmed their commitment to peace and security in the whole region.”
Hassan Rouhani said that both the sides have expressed the keenness to develop their bilateral relations. “We also emphasized that no third country can harm the brotherly and close relations between the two countries.”
The Iranian president said that both the countries have also agreed to bolster their trade and economic relations. “We have agreed to set up a barter committee so that goods and other items could be exchanged,” he added.
Hassan Rouhani said that they are also interested in establishing links between Gwadar and Chahbhar ports in order to strengthen the trade relations.
He said Iran is also ready to increase the exports of electricity to Pakistan. The two leaders also discussed regional peace and security with particular reference to Afghanistan.