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Pakistan conducts proactive engagement with Iran


RIYADH, APR 25, (DNA) – Despite political distractions domestically, Pakistan government is pro-actively pursuing its foreign policy goals in the region as it works hard to positioning itself as an intermediary between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

Currently, the Speaker National Assembly, Ayaz Sadiq, is leading an official parliamentary delegation to Tehran to discuss regional issues and bilateral relations.

The visit is part of a larger diplomatic initiative taken by Pakistan to stress the importance of close relations with Iran; despite Pakistan joining the Saudi-led military alliance.

The Speaker encouraged Iran to join the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, emphasizing, it would open up new possibilities and closer ties for both states.

“Iran’s cooperation in fighting terrorism is essential and the role of mutual cooperation in establishing peace and security in the region is undeniable” said the Speaker while meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Tehran on Sunday.

Press reports also indicate that the Attorney General, Ashtar Ausaf, has also been tasked by the Prime Minister to help bring about cordial relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

He is said to have recently traveled to Riyadh to hold meetings with key officials including the Crown Prince and is scheduled to visit Tehran as well.

Pakistan has taken a strong proactive position to engage Iran, over the issue of the military coalition and Gen. Raheel Sharif leading it.

This became especially important after comments by the Iranian Ambassador to Pakistan, Mehdi Honardost, earlier this month when he emphatically stated that Iran was not happy with the Islamic Coalition.

Pakistani civil and military leadership has met with senior officials from Iran including COAS General Qamar Bajwa who has had two meetings with the Ambassador Mehdi Honardost, in the last six weeks, to reassure him of the importance that Pakistan holds of good bilateral relations with Iran.=DNA


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