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Iran calls for boost of widespread ties with Pakistan

Beijing, Iran welcomes development of all-out relations with its brotherly and friendly neighbor, Pakistan, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday.

'Iran and Pakistan should try to enhance their level of cooperation, especially their economic ties, by capitalizing on their vast potentials,' President Rouhani said in a meeting with his Pakistani counterpart Mamnoon Hussain in the margin of the 18th Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) two-day summit meeting which is underway in the Chinese city of Qingdao.

President Rouhani described as vital bolstering banking relations between Tehran and Islamabad, saying, 'Iran is ready to engage in investment activities with its eastern neighbor in different areas.'

He went on to laud Pakistan's SCO membership and emphasized that Iran supports the significant role of Islamabad in the Shanghai security bloc.

'Iran considers Pakistan as an important regional nation,' the Iranian president said.

Rouhani also said that Iran can provide Pakistan with its energy needs.

Referring to the security issues and defense cooperation between Iran and Pakistan, the Iranian president said that Tehran welcomes furthering defense relations with Islamabad.

'Iran, Pakistan common borders should always be secure for both sides,' Rouhani said.

'Development of the region is highly dependent on total stability and security,' he added.

Referring to terrorist activities in the region, he said that with the terrorists actively playing a role, it is out of question to think about regional development.

'Fighting terrorism requires cooperation and coordination of all regional nations,' President Rouhani said.

He urged that Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan need to closely cooperate with each other to promote regional security.

'Iran wants to see Afghanistan as a secure and stable nation,' he stressed.

In the meantime, President Hussain emphasized that Pakistan and Iran enjoy close, cordial and fraternal relations.

'Pakistan and Iran continue to support each other on issues of common interest,' he said, according to a press release by the Pakistani Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

He appreciated the statement of the Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah [Seyyed Ali] Khamenei in support of the just struggle of the Kashmiri people.

On the issue of [the Iran nuclear deal, formally known as the] Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), President Hussain expressed hope that all parties of the landmark 2015 international deal would continue to implement the agreement and uphold their commitments.

The Pakistani president also stressed that peace and stability in Afghanistan was important for Islamabad.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA

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