ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that as land bridges between economically resource-rich regions, together with other regional partners, Pakistan and Iran remained the key to growth and prosperity in the region through enhancing connectivity and promoting people to people linkages.
In a meeting with the Iranian Foreign Minister Javed Zarif held in Islamabad on Friday, the prime minister emphasized on restoring complete peace and stability in the region.
The prime minister said that Pakistan and Iran were connected by inseparable bonds of historic, religious and cultural affinities. He added that during his tenure, Pakistan would make all efforts to cement these relations in various areas to the benefit of both Countries.
Imran Khan also thanked the Iranian Supreme Leader’s support for Kashmiri’s struggle for self-determination as well as for the manner in which Pakistan Independence Day was celebrated in Iran.
Referring to cancellation of blasphemous Dutch caricatures competition following the government of Pakistan’s strong condemnation and protest recently, the prime minister underlined the need for the Muslim Countries to confront Islamophobia with one voice.
The prime minister said that the love and respect of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) was part of every Muslim’s faith and no one could be allowed to disrespect it.
The Iranian foreign minister said that the Islamic Republic of Iran wishes continued progress and prosperity to the people of Pakistan.
Javad Zarif delivered a message of the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, inviting Prime Minister Imran Khan for the upcoming Asian Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) Summit in Iran in October 2018.
It is pertinent to mention here that both Pakistan and Iran are members of the ACD while Iran currently holds the Chair of the organization.