0956 GMT December 03, 2022
Islamabad and Tehran have common strategic targets, said the Pakistani ambassador to Iran, giving the assurance that bilateral ties would further boost in the coming years.
Rahim Hayat Qureshi made the remarks in an address to a ceremony in Tehran to mark Pakistan Day, a public holiday celebrated annually on March 23 in Pakistan to commemorate the 'Lahore Resolution' of 1940 that eventually led to the creation of Pakistan.
Qureshi said their geopolitical challenges as well as the two countries’ internal dynamics and common targets have been the foundations of their bilateral stable relations over the past seven decades, IRNA reported.
Iran was the first country to recognize Pakistan’s independence in 1947, the envoy noted, adding likewise, Pakistan was the first state to recognize Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution.
Pakistan and Iran are two nations with unbreakable ties and links developed on the basis of their common beliefs and history as well as similar cultures, Qureshi said.
He noted, “We are committed to the strengthening of the upward trend reflected by the political and economic relations between Islamabad and Tehran.”
The Pakistani ambassador described the two countries’ cooperation within the framework of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) as an area for the further expansion of bilateral ties, adding the two sides have similar attitudes toward international and regional issues and respect one another’s stances.
The Pakistani Embassy in Tehran marked the occasion on Tuesday night, eight days ahead of the actual date, owing to its concurrence with the Norouz holidays (March 21-April 2), celebrated to mark the arrival of the new year in Iran.
On Monday, Pakistani Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi held a telephone conversation with his Iranian counterpart Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, according to a press release obtained by Iran Daily from the Pakistani Embassy in Tehran.
The two sides discussed ways to further strengthen bilateral relations and exchanged views on regional situation.
Both sides agreed to intensify efforts to further expand bilateral cooperation in all areas of mutual interest.
Amir-Abdollahian extended felicitations on the 75th anniversary of Pakistan’s Independence.
Pakistan and Iran enjoy close fraternal relations, rooted in shared history, common culture, and people-to-people linkages. The two countries share perspectives on a range of regional and global issues of mutual interest.