Pakistan greatly values Iran’s consistent support to it: President Arif Alvi

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: President Dr Arif Alvi has said that Pakistan greatly values Iran’s consistent support to it on various regional issues.

Talking to the outgoing Iranian Ambassador to Pakistan Mehdi Honardoost who paid a farewell call on him at Aiwan-e-Sadr in Islamabad on Friday, the president said that Pakistan and Iran have close bilateral relations based on religion, culture, people-to-people contacts and commonality of interests.

The president highlighted that close cooperative relations with all neighbouring Countries including Iran was a key foreign policy priority of Pakistan.

Dr Arif Alvi said that Pakistan is grateful to Iranian Supreme leader Ayatullah Ali Khamenei’s strong support for the just struggle of the Kashmiri people. He said that the unilateral and illegal actions taken by the fascist Indian government, violating the human rights of the people of Kashmir, are a continuation of BJP’s hostile and restrictive attitude towards all its minorities.

President Arif Alvi said that Pakistan would continue its support for humans rights of all communities around the world and in this regard the initiative of English TV channel by Pakistan, Turkey, and Malaysia would go a long way towards countering Islamophobia.

In his remarks, the Iranian ambassador emphasized that Pakistan and Iran are brotherly Countries, and regional peace and stability are their high priority.

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The president appreciated the services of the outgoing Iranian ambassador in furthering the bilateral relations between Pakistan and Iran during his tenure in Pakistan.