Iran’s Zarif due in Pakistan to stregthen economic, political ties

Iran’s foreign policy chief Mohammad Javad Zarif will travel to the eastern neighbouring country Pakistan as part of his recent Asian tour aimed at boosting Tehran’s relations with its regional allies.

23 May 2019
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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is due in Pakistan later on Thursday to discuss economic and political cooperation with the country’s authorities.

Zarif is set to hold talks with his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi as well as other senior officials.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry says the visit is the continuation of Zarif's Asian tour that took him to Turkmenistan, Russia, India, Japan and China. 

His visit is also aimed at following up on the implementation of Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) and agreements that were reached during a recent visit to Iran by Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan.

The two neighbours are seeking to uplift the current annual trade volume of $1.19bn to 5 billion dollars during the next two years (2021).

What has been standing on the way of Tehran-Islamabad better economic relations has been insecurity on their 1,000 km long land border that’s been used by terrorists to cause damage to either of the countries.

Should Iran and Pakistan strengthen their security cooperation and act jointly to eliminate terrorism, mutual trade exchanges could be uplifted drastically as much of the current trade is carried by land.

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