Foreign Minister (FM) Bilawal Bhutto Zardari met with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and has reaffirmed Pakistan’s keen desire to strengthen bilateral relations with Iran, which are rooted deep in shared history and commonalities of faith, culture, and heritage. The two countries have a long history together and share many similarities in these aspects of their lives.
In a conversation that took place on Tuesday in Tehran with Iranian President Ayatollah Ebrahim Raisi, he emphasized the significance of routine interactions in order to advance economic and energy cooperation, regional connectivity, the operationalization of barter trade and border sustenance marketplaces, and the facilitation of Zaireen traveling to Iran for the purpose of pilgrimage.
The topic of the release or transfer of Pakistani inmates who are currently being held in Iranian jails was also brought up by the Foreign Minister.
On behalf of Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari sent his greetings to President Raisi and renewed the official invitation for him to visit Pakistan at his earliest convenience. President Raisi is expected to accept the invitation.
The President of Raisi extended a warm welcome to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and emphasized the deep historical links and strong brotherly relations that bind the two countries together. He pointed out that Iran placed a high value on the expansion of its economic and commercial ties with Pakistan, noting that these ties held a significant amount of untapped potential for further development.
Following the tête-à-tête that took place earlier in the day between the Foreign Minister and his Iranian counterpart, delegation-level discussions took place.
During the course of the discussions, the two parties went over every aspect of their bilateral relations, including the expansion of economic relations and trade volume, the importation of additional electricity from Iran for the Makran Division in Balochistan, and the effective coordination of efforts along the border to deal with issues of smuggling, drug trafficking, and other transnational crimes.
Both parties also shared their perspectives on the regional security situation, with a special emphasis on recent events in Afghanistan and the Indian territory of Jammu and Kashmir which is still illegally occupied by Indian troops.