Pakistan attaches great importance to ties with Iran: FM Qureshi

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister of Pakistan during a telephonic conversation with his Iranian counterpart says Islamabad attaches great importance to its relations with Tehran. Pakistan foreign ministry in a statement said Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Hossein Amirabdollahian exchanged views in detail about the latest developments in Afghanistan.

“Pakistan attaches special importance to bilateral relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran, and these fraternal relations are rooted in strong historical, cultural, religious and geographical commonalities,” the statement quoted Qureshi as saying. The foreign ministry added that the Iranian Foreign Minister appreciated the efforts of his Pakistani counterpart to build a regional consensus on Afghanistan. The statement added the two foreign ministers agreed to continue consultations between the two neighboring countries on Afghanistan and to help establish lasting peace and stability in that country.”

Qureshi said he was the first foreign minister of a country to meet with the new President and Foreign Minister of Iran in Tehran. In a tweet, the Pakistani foreign minister said: Good to speak with FM Amirabdollahian on Afghanistan, following my visit to Iran. Convergence of views on regional issues is important for our shared vision of regional peace and prosperity. The Pakistani Foreign Minister arrived in Tehran on September 25 after a recent visit to Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan, where he met with President Ebrahim Raisi and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran Amirabdollahian to discuss regional developments in Afghanistan and strengthen bilateral relations.

After meeting with the President of Iran, Qureshi in a tweet said: Privileged to meet President Ayatollah Ebrahim Raisi in Iran. Conveyed warmth of our leadership and shared PM Imran Khan’s invitation to visit Pakistan.“I also discussed Pakistan’s outlook for a coordinated approach between all neighbors of Afghanistan for peace and prosperity,” he said. TF Report

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