ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will pay a two-day official visit to Iran from Sunday on the invitation of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
This would be the first leadership level visit since the formation of new governments in the two countries.
A high-ranking delegation including Adviser on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbassi, Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi and Chief Minister Balochistan Dr Abdul Malik will accompany the prime minister.
The prime minister’s engagements in Tehran include bilateral meeting with President Rouhani and call on Ayatollah Ali Khamenai. The leadership level discussions would provide the two sides an opportunity to review the entire spectrum of bilateral relations as well as regional and international developments of mutual interest.
The bilateral talks will specially focus on strengthening economic ties, in this context, the existing potential of bilateral trade would be reinforced through initiatives aimed at enhancing physical connectivity between the two sides.
The Foreign Office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam said that a number of memoranda of understanding (MoU) and agreements on cooperation in various fields would also be signed during the visit of the prime minister with a view to institutionalizing mutually beneficial cooperation.
The visit of the prime minister to Iran would not only provide a political affirmation to our bilateral relations, but would also set a forward trajectory for their future course.