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Pakistan announces to stand by Iran over JCPOA

Islamabad, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has supported Iran's principled stance on JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action), and expressed hope that remaining parties to the agreement would uphold their commitments in letter and spirit.

He made the remarks during a meeting with Foreign Minister of Iran Mohammad-Javad Zarif, who called on him in Islamabad on Friday.

Pakistan Foreign Ministry statement, released following the meeting, said that Iran has strictly adhered to the terms of agreement. Foreign Minister added that Pakistan stands with Iran in this hour of need.

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 US decision to unilaterally withdraw from the JCPOA, the statement said.

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

It added Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, during the meeting congratulated Shah Mahmood Qureshi and said 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 Foreign Minister stressed that Pakistan greatly values Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's strong and unswerving support for the just struggle of the people of Kashmir.

The statement said both sides underlined the need to promote bilateral relations in all areas of cooperation.

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, the statement said.

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.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA


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