0901 GMT May 13, 2021
Commenting on Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi’s visit to Iran, the news agency said that according to Islamabad, good and constructive relations with neighbors are inevitable for sustainable economic growth and maintaining peace in the region, IRNA wrote.
The APP added Iran and Pakistan have always had good ties, never been against each other as they are Muslim brotherly nations and have always supported each other in every aspect.
The report added Iran was the first country to recognize Pakistan after its independence and there is a renewed energy and growing positivity and desire between the two countries for working together.
Praising the stances adopted by the officials of the Islamic Republic of Iran, especially Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei toward Pakistan and supporting the rights of the Muslims in the subcontinent, the news agency said the positive positions and statements of the senior Iranian officials on Islamabad show the close relations between the two countries.
The APP said that Iran and Pakistan are working together at an expert level to improve road and rail connectivity, adding the two countries have named their common border the "Border of Peace, Friendship and Love".
The Pakistani foreign minister is on a tour of four regional countries of the UAE, Iran, Qatar and Turkey, which began on Saturday, having on his agenda the strengthening of bilateral relations and achieving a consensus to advance the Afghan peace process.
During a virtual press conference on Monday, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said the Pakistani minister of foreign affairs will visit Tehran on Wednesday.
He described the Pakistani FM’s visit to Iran as important, adding the two countries’ relations are deep and wide.
During the visit, the two sides will open a third crossing gateway on the common border in addition to discussing bilateral issues.
Pointing to Qureshi’s visit in an online seminar on Monday, the Pakistani ambassador to Tehran said strengthening bilateral relations as well as taking coordinated steps to increase border exchanges are among the most important goals of the FM’s trip.
Rahim Hayat Qureshi added important consultations will be held with Iranian officials during the visit on the process of establishing peace in Afghanistan.
He said Iran is an ancient civilization, noting that historical trade and communication routes pass through the country.
The ambassador added on the back of this idea and through the implementation of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project, Pakistan plans to revive old trade routes.
On the signing of the Comprehensive Strategic Cooperation Document between Tehran and Beijing, he said the three countries can expand their cooperation by exporting Iran’s gas to China through Pakistan.
Speaking at a press conference in Dubai on the second day of his three-day visit to the UAE on Sunday, the Pakistani foreign minister said Islamabad is interested in holding talks with Tehran to help restore peace and stability to Afghanistan, Tasnim News Agency reported.
He said his upcoming visit to Iran would include talks on Afghan peace process, according to public relations office of the Pakistani Foreign Ministry.
Qureshi described the Islamic Republic of Iran as Pakistan's brother and a key player in the region, saying that his visit to the country would enable him to have a more candid discussion with Iranian officials about the Afghan issue.
He added that Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has paid four official visits to Pakistan since Prime Minister Imran Khan took office, and that as a neighbor of Afghanistan, Iran can help bring peace to the war-torn country.
The FM said Pakistan has good ties with Islamic countries and supports the region's peace and stability.