Pakistan and Iran have reaffirmed their commitment to peace and security in the entire region.
The understanding came at a meeting between Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Prime Minister Imran Khan during talks in Tehran today.
Both sides also agreed to set up a Joint Rapid Reaction Force to guard the common borders.
Later addressing a joint news conference, Prime Minister Imran Khan said the two countries have decided to enhance cooperation in counter-terrorism to ensure that no country’s land is used against each other.
Referring to the recent terrorist incident in Balochistan, which claimed lives of fourteen security personnel, the Prime Minister said incidents of terrorism affect relations between the two countries.
He said the entire political leadership in Pakistan has pledged that no militant group will be allowed to operate from Pakistan and the soil of Pakistan will not be permitted to be used against any other country.
The Prime Minister said the two sides also decided to cooperate for helping in peaceful settlement of the Afghan conflict.
On arrival at Sa'adabad Palace, a formal welcome ceremony was held in honor of Prime Minister Imran Khan.National anthems of both the countries were played on the occasion.Guard of honor was also presented to Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Posted by Radio Pakistan News on Monday, 22 April 2019
Referring to the Indian atrocities in occupied Kashmir, the Prime Minister said there is no military solution to the lingering dispute but it can only be resolved through political settlement.
Imran Khan said the settlement of the dispute will help take forward the entire subcontinent and improve economic and trade linkages in the region.
No third country can harm the brotherly and close relations between the two countries: President Rouhani
Addressing the news conference, Iranian President Hasan Rouhani said unfortunately we witnessed some tensions in the border areas in the recent past where the terrorists perpetrated their nefarious acts.
The Iranian President said we also emphasized that no third country can harm the brotherly and close relations between the two countries.
Hassan Rouhani said both the countries have also agreed to bolster their trade and economic relations and we have agreed to set up a barter committee so that goods and other items could be exchanged.
The Iranian President said we are also interested in establishing links between Gwadar and Chahbhar ports in order to strengthen our commerce relations.
He said his country is ready to meet the oil and gas requirements of Pakistan. He said we have already taken the measures to construct the gas pipeline to Pakistani border.
Hassan Rouhani said Iran is also ready to increase the exports of electricity to Pakistan.
Pak-Iran sign MoU for cooperation in Health Sector
Pakistan and Iran also signed a memorandum of understanding for cooperation in the health sector.
Prime Minister Imran Khan has emphasized the need to increase Pak-Iran bilateral trade for the mutual benefit of both brotherly countries.
PM Imran Khan address to Pakistan-Iran Business Community
Addressing Pakistan-Iran Business Community in Tehran today, he said countries with strong economies have a very high proportion of bilateral trade with regional countries.
In this regard, he gave the example of ASEAN countries and China that enjoy a very high level of trade with neighbours.
The Prime Minister regretted that Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan are very close neighbors but have very low trade volume with each other. He said Iran with 80 million people and Pakistan with 210 million people are large economies and have a huge trade potential.
Imran Khan expressed the wish that Pakistan and Iran should start developing their bilateral trade on immediate basis. He said only 10 per cent rice coming from Pakistan to Iran comes directly.
He said it is high time that we work on increasing trade despite sanctions on Iran and other challenges.
The two leaders held one on one meeting and discussed bilateral relations and regional situation.
Prime Minister Imran Khan also visited the shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in Tehran.
He laid floral wreath at the tomb and offered Fateha.
Pakistan, Iran reiterate importance of deepening & reinforcing bilateral ties
Pakistan and Iran have reiterated the importance of deepening and reinforcing bilateral ties based on principles of national interest, territorial integrity and mutual respect for national sovereignty.
A joint statement issued on Monday, said that Prime Minister Imran Khan paid a high-level visit to the Islamic Republic of Iran on the invitation Iranian President Dr. Hassan Rouhani.
Both leaders emphasized historical, cultural, religious and civilizational ties between the two neighboring and Muslim countries.
They called for swift implementation of bilateral agreements as a step towards realizing this important goal.
The two leaders agreed that enhancing and cementing cooperation between Iran’s Sistan-Balochistan Province and Pakistan’s Balochistan Province including opening of new border crossings and border markets would contribute towards improvement of the economic situation of local residents.
Both sides highlighted the necessity of extending cooperation in energy sector.
They said that establishing a safe, stable and independent Afghanistan is very imperative for the sake of regional peace and stability.
On arrival at Sa’adabad Palace on Monday, a formal welcome ceremony was held in honor of Prime Minister Imran Khan.
National anthems of both the countries were played on the occasion.
Guard of honor was also presented to Prime Minister Imran Khan.
The Prime Minister is accompanied by Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari, Minister for Maritime Affairs Ali Zaidi, Adviser on Commerce Abdul Razak Dawood, Special Assistants Zulfi Bukhari, Zafarullah Mirza and Nadeem Babar.
Prime Minister Imran Khan arrived in Tehran Evening on his two-day official visit to Iran to hold talks with Iranian leadership on bilateral and regional issues.
Earlier, on his arrival at Tehran International Airport, the Prime Minister was warmly welcomed by Iranian Health Minister Dr Saeed Namaki.
A smartly turned out contingent presented a static salute to him. The Prime Minister is accompanied by a delegation comprising Minister for Human Rights Dr. Shireen Mazari, Minister for Maritime Affairs Syed Ali Haider Zaidi, Adviser on Commerce Abdul Razak Dawood, Special Assistant on Overseas Pakistanis Sayed Zulfiqar Abbas Bukhari, Special Assistant on National Health Services Dr. Zafarullah Mirza and Special Assistant on Petroleum Nadeem Baber.
Earlier, during his stay in Mashhad, the Prime Minister visited the shrine of Imam Reza (AS), and offered Dua and Nawafil.