ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Pakistan and Iran have expressed concern over the tendency of rising Islamophobia in some European Countries.
In a meeting held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Islamabad on Wednesday, the Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and the Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif made it clear that blasphemous attitude in the garb of freedom of expression is not acceptable at all.
In the meeting, the two foreign ministers exchanged views on Pakistan-Iran bilateral relations, the promotion of bilateral cooperation in diverse fields, and the Coronavirus pandemic.
They also discussed better border management, promotion of mutual contacts, and provision of better facilities to the Zaireen.
The two foreign ministers agreed to make joint efforts for peace and stability in the region including Afghanistan.
Pleasure to meet FM @JZarif today, welcoming him back to Pakistan. Pakistan and Iran enjoy close relations founded on mutual trust, strengthened by faith & culture. Look forward to the further growth of close bilateral cooperation across a diversity of fields. 🇵🇰 🇮🇷 pic.twitter.com/LEi9cS5O64
— Shah Mahmood Qureshi (@SMQureshiPTI) November 11, 2020
Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that Pakistan and Iran can benefit from regional and other important forums for the promotion of cooperation in bilateral trade, investment, security and other areas of mutual interest.
Expressing grief and sorrow over deaths due to COVID-19 in Iran, Qureshi appreciated the Iranian government’s efforts to control the spread of the pandemic.
The foreign minister said that durable peace in Afghanistan is imperative for peace and stability in the region.
The minister said that the Afghan leadership has a unique opportunity in the form of intra-Afghan dialogue and they should not let this opportunity go.
Qureshi also apprised his Iranian Counterpart of India’s atrocities and gross human rights violations in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).
The Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif is in Pakistan for a two-day official visit Pakistan part of regular high-level exchanges between the two Countries.
This is his fourth visit to Pakistan during the last two and a half years.