0756 GMT December 03, 2022
Islamabad is committed to maintaining traditional cooperation and high-level ties with Tehran and highly determined in this regard, said the Pakistani foreign minister.
In an address to the staff, professors and students of Pakistan’s National Defence University on Tuesday, Shah Mahmood Qureshi added bilateral relations with Iran have roots in the two countries’ historical, religious and cultural commonalities, IRNA reported.
He said despite different pressures, Pakistan has always maintained its high-level relations with Iran.
The minister noted that Pakistan has broadened the range of its traditional cooperation with the influential countries of the Muslim world and, particularly, Iran.
Stressing the importance of fostering unity among Muslim states, the minister said Pakistan has always sought to help reduce tensions and promote dialogue among other countries, even when the Middle East is threatened by armed conflicts.
He described as a collective responsibility helping establish peace in Afghanistan, noting that Islamabad has played its role in the process of promoting dialogue and a national reconciliation in Afghanistan despite being faced with terrorism challenge and having to deal with migrants’ influx.
Qureshi said Pakistan has always stressed that there is no military solution to the problem in Afghanistan, saying a peaceful and wealthy Afghanistan is in the interest of Pakistan and the entire region.
In late October, Qureshi traveled to Tehran to take part in the Second meeting of the Foreign Ministers of Afghanistan’s Neighboring Countries and met with Iranian President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian.
In a joint press conference with his visiting Pakistani counterpart, Amir-Abdollahian reaffirmed the need for the establishment of an inclusive government in Afghanistan, saying Tehran remains in contact with all sides in the neighboring country, including the interim government in Kabul.
“We are closely following the developments in Afghanistan and believe that the formation of an inclusive government with the participation of all ethnic groups in the country is the foremost political solution that lies ahead of us.”