Published On: Fri, Dec 20th, 2013
Published in Category: Islamabad

PM accepts Iranian invitation to visit Tehran

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said Pakistan places strong emphasis on friendly relations with all neighboring countries including Afghanistan‚ India and Iran on the basis of mutual respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Talking to the Iranian Foreign Minister Muhammad Javed Zarif here on Thursday‚ he said his country will continue to support all efforts that further the cause of peace and stability in the region.

He congratulated Iran on the recently concluded nuclear deal with six world powers and expressed the hope that the process of constructive engagement would continue.

Emphasizing the need for strengthening of relations among D-8 countries‚ the prime minister said the D-8 holds great potential to build on synergies between the eight leading Islamic countries. He said Iranian participation in the 16th Council of Ministers Meeting of the D-8 reinforces our shared confidence in the forum.

He said as leading members of D-8‚ Pakistan‚ Turkey and Iran can play a more pro-active role to achieve goals of economic development and prosperity.

Iranian Foreign Minister said that we are committed to enhance our cooperation with the democratic leadership of Pakistan. We will enhance bilateral cooperation and make it stronger, FM added. He said that Iran will support all initiatives of Pakistan to eliminate terrorism. Iranian Foreign Minister said that President Karzai is confident that things are moving in right direction with help of Nawaz Sharif and Pakistan.

Foreign Minister extended invitation, on behalf of President of Iran, to PM Nawaz Sharif to visit Iran in near future. PM Nawaz Sharif accepted invitation of President of Iran.
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