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Iran reaffirms commitment to enhance bilateral cooperation with Pakistan

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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Dr. Ali Bagheri Kani has reaffirmed Iran’s commitment to enhance bilateral cooperation with Pakistan and advance shared objectives in the region.

In a meeting with the Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Islamabad on Tuesday, he said that the Iranian Foreign Minister Dr. Amir Abdollahian looked forward to his visit to Pakistan.

Recalling fraternal relations between Pakistan and Iran, the Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi remarked that the recent high-level exchanges have further reinforced existing ties.

The foreign minister emphasized the early implementation of the steps, agreed during Prime Minister Imran Khan’s meeting with President Ebrahim Raisi on the margins of the SCO Summit in Dushanbe.

Qureshi underlined the need for regular convening of institutional frameworks to boost trade and economic relations. He said that the upcoming session of the Joint Trade Committee would provide further impetus to efforts for strengthening economic linkages.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi thanked Iran for its steadfast support on Jammu and Kashmir, especially at the Supreme Leader level. He underlined that Iran’s support is reassuring to the oppressed people of occupied Jammu and Kashmir in their just struggle for the right to self-determination.

Sharing Pakistan’s perspective on the latest situation in Afghanistan, the foreign minister underscored the need for close coordination for the mutual advantage of the two Countries and the region.

The foreign minister said that Afghanistan required immediate provision of humanitarian assistance and that the international community should fully support the Afghan people at this critical juncture.

Qureshi also stressed the importance of continued economic engagement with Afghanistan to avert economic collapse, which could lead to refugee influx and regional instability.

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