Published On: Tue, Jun 21st, 2016

Iran, Pakistan relations strategic: Zarif

Pak-Iran Gas PipelineIranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Iran and Pakistan enjoy “strategic” relations, adding that necessary grounds for cooperation between the two countries are growing in different sectors.

“Relations between the two countries can be improved in all fields,” Zarif said in a meeting with outgoing Pakistani Ambassador to Tehran Noor Muhammad Jadmani on Monday.

He expressed hope that Islamabad would speed up necessary measures and adopt strategies to increase banking transactions with Tehran.

The top Iranian diplomat emphasized that there is no limitation to cordial relations between the two countries.

‘Iran, Pakistan to boost banking cooperation’

The Pakistani envoy, for his part, said Tehran and Islamabad have adopted measures to boost banking cooperation and expressed hope that consultations between the two sides’ officials would facilitate and expedite matters in this regard.

Jadmani added that a recent visit by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to Pakistan opened up a new prospect for mutual relations in various political, economic and cultural fields.

The Iranian president paid his first landmark visit to Pakistan in March since the implementation of last year’s nuclear agreement between Tehran and the P5+1 group of countries, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Rouhani held talks with senior Pakistani officials including Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, President Mamnoon Hussain and Advisor to Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on ways to improve mutual relations and the latest developments in the region.

During the visit, high-ranking Iranian and Pakistani delegations signed six documents for cooperation in different fields of trade and commerce, insurance, culture, academy, health and medicine.

On January 16, Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – the United States, France, Britain, China and Russia – plus Germany started implementing the JCPOA.

After JCPOA went into effect, all nuclear-related sanctions imposed on Iran by the European Union, the Security Council and the US were lifted. Iran has, in return, put some limitations on its nuclear activities.

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