“Iran and Pakistan, as the most important and influential neighbors of Afghanistan, need to play a role in the management of peace process in that country through interaction and cooperation,” Rouhani said in a meeting with Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, held in Tehran.
Rouhani noted that Iran welcomes cooperation with Pakistan and Afghanistan in the fulfillment of its role in the Afghan peace process, Tasnim News Agency reported.
The president also pointed to the US decision to withdraw forces from Afghanistan, saying the American military presence in the region has not given any help to security and stability.
Stressing the need to ensure regional peace and stability via regional mechanisms, Rouhani said border security is a common concern of Iran and Pakistan that should be addressed with mutual cooperation.
He also called for efforts to implement the previous agreements between Tehran and Islamabad, noting that Iran is ready to satisfy Pakistan’s demands for energy.
The visiting Pakistani minister hailed the unique, valuable and brotherly ties with Iran and urged the promotion of relations in various fields.
Qureshi expressed hope that the bilateral ties would soon enter a new phase with growing trade and economic interaction.
He further praised Iran’s support for Pakistan on regional and international issues, voiced his country’s backing for the Iran nuclear deal as a major achievement of diplomacy, and said he is delighted that fresh negotiations have begun to revitalize the agreement.