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Iranian FM Javed Zarif calls on COAS Gen Bajwa, FM Qureshi

Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Bajwa told the visiting official that enhanced Pakistan-Iran cooperation will have positive impact on regional peace and stability. Photo: File

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa discussed regional security as former called on COAS at the army’s General Headquaters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi on Wednesday.

The Iranian minister arrived in Islamabad late Tuesday on an official visit to discuss matters of mutual interest between the two states. He is scheduled to meet PM Imran Khan as well.

According to a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Zarif discussed matters of mutual interest, regional security situation including Afghan reconciliation process, Pak-Iran border management and border markets.

The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Bajwa said that enhanced Pakistan-Iran cooperation will have positive impact on regional peace and stability. Zarif appreciated Pakistan’s positive role for regional stability, especially Afghan peace process and pledged to keep working for better relations between two brotherly countries.

Iran’s FM to meet PM Imran Khan

FM Qureshi, speaking to media along with his Irani counterpart, said that Zarif would also meet Prime Minister Imran Khan.

“Like Pakistan, Iran also desires stability in Afghanistan,” FM Qureshi said, adding that during the meeting, bilateral trade and the region’s situation were discussed.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi (left) shakes hands with Iranian counterpart Javed Zarif at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Islamabad, on November 11, 2020. — PID 

The foreign minister thanks Iran for backing Pakistan on the Kashmir issue.

“Mutual consultation will further improve relations,” Qureshi noted.

Meanwhile, Iran’s Zarif said that his country was satisfied with the support they had received from Pakistan.

“Immigration, counter-terrorism, and other issues were discussed,” he added.

Visiting Foreign Office

Earlier in the day, Zarif arrived at the Foreign Office for a meeting with his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi.

Among other issues, the foreign ministers discussed the coronavirus pandemic situation in both countries. Qureshi sorrow and regret over the loss of lives in Iran and praised the country’s efforts in effectively containing the spread of the virus.

The two leaders also discussed the ongoing situation in Afghanistan, saying that long-lasting peace in the country is crucial to maintaining peace and stability in the region.

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