Iranian Foreign Minister’s Call on the Prime Minister

May 24, 2019

Foreign Minister of Iran Dr. Javad Zarif called on Prime Minister Imran Khan today. Foreign Minister 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.

Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed satisfaction over excellent bilateral relations between Pakistan and Iran. He underscored that early implementation of various decisions reached during his visit to Iran would further enhance cooperation in all areas. Views were exchanged on facilitating movement of people and Zaireen 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 Pakistan-Iran border.  The Prime Minister expressed hope that the two neighbours would develop a vibrant relationship in political as well as economic domains.

As regards the regional situation, the Prime Minister expressed concern over rising tensions in the Gulf. He underscored that war 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.



Islamabad
24 May 2019