ISLAMABAD, Jul 16 (APP):Foreign Minister Abdullah Hussain Haroon Monday said Pakistan desired to further strengthen cooperation with Iran in areas of mutual interest for the benefit of two countries and to ensure peace and stability in the region.
He was talking to Chief of General Staff of Armed Forces of Iran Major General Mohammad Bagheri who arrived here on a visit. He was accompanied by a high level military delegation, Foreign Office in a press release said.
Welcoming the Iranian chief of general staff, the foreign minister said Pakistan and Iran enjoyed religious and socio-cultural affinities.
The bilateral relations continued to strengthen with regular exchange of visits at various levels during the past few years, he added.
The foreign minister appreciated the Iranian leadership’s strong and consistent support on the issue of Kashmir.
The two sides also discussed issues related to peace and stability in Afghanistan and other matters of mutual interest in the region.
During the meeting, it was noted that both countries had made useful progress in areas of trade, connectivity, cultural relations and enhancing people-to-people contacts. There was a considerable scope to enhance these relations further.
Haroon also briefed major general Mohammad Bagheri on the upcoming general election in Pakistan, expressing the desire of the government to hold free, fair and transparent elections.
General Bagheri conveyed the best wishes of the Iranian leadership and people of Iran for continued prosperity and progress of Pakistan.
He expressed the confidence that the upcoming elections would usher Pakistan into an era of continued growth under strong leadership.
He thanked Pakistan for its principled stance on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).