Prime Minister Imran Khan met Iranian President Hassan Rouhani after reaching Tehran, Iran for a one-day trip Sunday. Both Leaders held “wide-ranging consultations” , the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s professional twitter account stated.
“Pakistan attaches excessive significance to bilateral ties with Iran,” the prime minister was quoted as saying by the PTI. “Pakistan is willing to play its position in the direction of strengthening peace and balance inside the region.”
The trip is a part of his initiative to promote peace and protection within the region. Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif received the prime minister at the airport. PM Khan and the Iranian president addressed the media in Tehran after their meeting. The Iranian president thanked PM Khan for visiting Iran to speak about the Gulf security issue. “We openly welcome any move to provide peace within the region. We’re ready to assist Pakistan,” he said. PM Khan said that the 2 leaders discussed trade and bilateral ties and the way the two countries can assist each other. He said Pakistan still recollects Iran’s aid to it in 1965 when the country was facing hostilities. He thanked the government of Iran for supporting the people of Kashmir, who’re below a curfew for two months now. “Thanks for talking up towards the humanitarian disaster unfolding in Kashmir,” PM Khan told the Iranian president. The Pakistani most appropriate stated his principal cause for visiting Iran is that Pakistan doesn’t want conflict in the region. “We do not want another conflict on this a part of the world,” he stated.
“Iran is our neighbour. Ties with Iran go way back. Saudi Arabia has been one of our closest friends. They have helped us when we have been in need. We do now not want a warfare among Iran and Saudi Arabia. We know that it’s far a complicated trouble, however it is something, we experience, can be resolved through dialogue,” the premier said, adding that there are vested interests that want this warfare to take place, but we need to no longer allow it. He said this experience is solely a Pakistan initiative, he stressed. “We haven’t been asked by anyone to do this,” he said. PM Khan will visit Saudi Arabia after his Iran tour. Related: PM Khan thanks Iranian leadership for lending support to Kashmiris
He is being accompanied at the journey by Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Special Assistant to the PM for Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development Zulfi Bukhari, Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs Ali Zaidi and the ISI director-general. This could be the prime minister’s 2nd visit to iran this year. The prime minister also had a bilateral meeting with the Iranian president on the sidelines of the 74thUN General Assembly session in New York last month. The visit comes after PM Imran last month stated that US president Donald Trump had asked him to assist defuse tensions in the Middle East.