Pakistani PM upbeat with excellent ties with Iran
Islamabad, Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan said that he was upbeat with excellent bilateral relations between Pakistan and Iran, according to PM House statement.
In a meeting with Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, he underscored that early implementation of various decisions reached during his visit to Iran would further enhance cooperation in all areas.
As regards the regional situation, the Prime Minister expressed concern over rising tensions in the Persian Gulf, the statement said.
He underscored that conflict was not a solution to any problem. Further escalation in tensions in the already volatile region was not in anyone's interest. All sides needed to exercise maximum restraint in the current situation.
The Prime Minister stressed that every effort should be made to resolve the issues within the framework of international law and through diplomatic engagement.
He added that Pakistan was prepared to use its friendly relations in the region to help lower tensions among brotherly countries and promote peace and stability in the region, the statement said.
It said views were also exchanged on facilitating movement of people and pilgrims through opening of new border points and promoting local trade activities by establishment of new border markets, besides issues related to beefing up security along the PakistanIran border.
The Prime Minister expressed hope that the two neighbors would develop a vibrant relationship in political as well as economic domains.
Foreign Minister Zarif conveyed the best wishes of Iranian leadership to the Prime Minister, adding that the recent visit of the Prime Minister to Iran had greatly strengthened the bonds of friendship between the two countries.
Source: Islamic Republic News Agency IRNA