Islamabad (August 31, 2018): Iranian FM Javad Zarif called on his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Friday, said Foreign Office.
The two ministers discussed ways to enhance cooperation and strengthen relations between the two countries.
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The two dignitaries discussed regional peace and stability. Zarif also conveyed best wishes from the Iranian leadership to the new Pakistani government under Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Javad Zarif is also scheduled to meet Prime Minister Imran Khan. PM Khan expressed intention to improve and strengthen Pakistan’s ties with neighbouring country Iran.Zarif is expected to hold meetings with political and military leaders during his visit of Pakistan.
It is first to visit of Pakistan by a foreign minister after the new government in Islamabad.
A key barometer of the improving ties for Iran is whether Pakistan step up for the long-stalled Iran-Pakistan natural gas pipeline—a project first initiated in 1995.The $7.5 billion project, touted as delivering 21.5 million cubic metres of gas to energy-starved Pakistan, has been opposed by the US for years as part of Washington’s opposition to Iran’s nuclear programme.
Mr Zarif is likely to be keen on re-starting the project, as it will provide much-needed income to an Iranian economy under siege from US sanctions.
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif arrived on Thursday in Islamabad for talks with Pakistani leadership.