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Iran will continue to work with Pakistan: FM Zarif

Islamabad, Foreign Minister of Iran Mohammad-Javad Zarif says Iran will continue to work closely with Pakistan for regional peace and security.

In an interview with IRNA after holding a meeting with his Pakistani counterpart, Zarif said, 'We have extremely good relations with strong historical bonds with Pakistan.'

We had a very positive meeting with His Excellency Foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, we are very happy to work with Pakistan, Pakistan is a special neighbor for us, he said.

He said, 'We are very happy that we could work on further areas of cooperation both bilaterally as well as multilaterally and regionally and we will continue to work together for peace and security for the region and for the prosperity of the people of Iran and Pakistan.'

I am grateful to the foreign minister for his hospitality, said Zarif.

Iranian Foreign Minister arrived in Islamabad a day earlier on a two-day visit. The Iranian minister is the first top foreign diplomat to visit Pakistan after the new government came into power earlier this month.

It is pertinent to mention that this is Zarif's eighth visit to Pakistan since he became Iranian foreign minister in 2013.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Foreign ministry in a press release said Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif, during his meeting with Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, congratulated him that Pakistan's strong protest against the blasphemous caricature competition had led to cancellation of the event.

He extended best wishes of the Iranian leadership and the people of Iran on the election victory led by Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Welcoming his Iranian counterpart, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi noted the potential for strengthening the already strong bilateral relationship.

The statement said both sides underlined the need to promote bilateral relations in all areas of cooperation. Detailed discussions were also held on regional and global issues including the situation in Afghanistan and the US decision to unilaterally withdraw from the JCPOA, It added.

It was agreed to host the next rounds of Bilateral Political Consultations and the Joint Economic Commission at early dates. Useful exchange of views on strengthening cooperation in economic, trade and connectivity sectors, cultural and people to people links, took place.

While expressing satisfaction over cooperation with regard to the Pakistan-Iran border, it was agreed to continue close consultations through various forums in this regard, it said.

As regards the JCPOA, while supporting Iran's principled stance, Qureshi expressed the hope that remaining parties to the Agreement would uphold their commitments in letter and spirit.

This was important given IAEA's repeated verification that Iran has strictly adhered to the terms of agreement. Foreign Minister added that Pakistan stands with Iran in this hour of need, said the statement.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA

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