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Don’t get ‘too close’ to Iran, US asks Pak

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  1. NOWorNEVER

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    Islamabad says ties with Tehran not designed against any country
    November 13, 2017
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    Iran as Washington and Islamabad struggle to build the confidence level, The Nation has learnt.

    Senior officials at the foreign ministry told The Nation that Washington was not happy with the growing ties between Pakistan and Iran and had asked Islamabad to “stay within limits”.

    “The recent positive contacts between Pakistan and Iran have not been welcomed by the US . They believe we [Pakistan] should stay away from Iran as much as possible. They have conveyed their message in this regard too,” said an official, who remains in contact with Washington.

    He added: “The US has made it clear it cannot support Pakistan to have close ties with Iran when Tehran was defiant not to cooperate with Washington.”

    This month army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa visited Iran and had positive meetings with the civil and military leaders.

    During Bajwa’s visit, the two sides heaped praise on each other despite differences on regional issues – mainly Afghanistan.

    General Bajwa met President Hassan Rouhani, Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and the Chief of Staff of Iran’s armed forces Major General Mohammad Hossein Bagheri.

    Days before the army chief’s visit, Pakistan and Iran had agreed to work together for peace in Afghanistan and the regional stability.

    The two countries had held informal consultations on regional situation including Afghanistan.

    The agreement on cooperation between Pakistan and Iran comes after the US pressed Pakistan to accept President Donald Trump’s new Afghanistan policy – with a greater role for India.

    US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who visited Pakistan last month, had made it clear to Pakistan’s civil and military leadership that his country would not change its Afghan policy on Islamabad’s demand.

    President Trump had earlier threatened that military and other aid to the nuclear-armed ally was at stake if Pakistan did not clamp down on extremists.

    Recently, Iran said the US supported dictatorship against democracy.

    In a statement, the Iranian embassy here had said: “From the very first days of the Islamic revolution, the United States adopted a hostile, interventionist and destabilising approach towards Iran’s newly-established government with the aim of overthrowing it.”

    After the Pak-Iran consultations, the foreign ministry had said: “Pakistan and Iran held first round of informal consultations in Islamabad at the level of director generals of the ministries of Foreign Affairs on regional situation especially the efforts of peace and stability in Afghanistan. In the consultations Pakistani delegation was led by Director-General (Afghanistan) Mansoor Ahmad Khan in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, while the Iranian side was led by Director-General Rasoul Eslami of the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who visited Islamabad for these consultations. The two directors-general reaffirmed commitment and support of Pakistan and Iran to the efforts of Afghanistan and international community for achieving lasting peace, stability and progress in Afghanistan, which is important for regional stability.”

    The statement added the two sides agreed there was no military solution to the prolonged Afghan conflict and emphasised the need of a credible political process owned and led by Afghanistan for an internal settlement.

    The two countries also discussed the ways for deepening regional economic cooperation and enhancing connectivity.

    This was the first round of bilateral consultations with Iran on regional peace and security with focus on the situation in Afghanistan.

    Another official at the foreign ministry said Pakistan had told the US that Pak-Iran ties were meant for bilateral cooperation and not designed against any country.

    “It has been our [Pakistan’s] consistent policy to improve ties with the other countries especially the neighbours. Pak-Iran ties do not threaten any other country,” he told The Nation citing interaction with the IS counterparts.

    Former ambassador Abida Hussain Pak-Iran ties were in the interest of both the countries as “we have to live together [as neighbours].”

    She said General Bajwa’s visit to Iran and his positive meetings with Iranian leaders were encouraging for the region.

    Abida Hussain said Pak-Iran agreement on the Afghan conflict would help achieve stability in the region.

    “Pakistan should capitalise on the opportunity and should satisfy its growing energy appetite with Iran’s help,” she added.

    Defence analyst and former brigadier Harris Nawaz said Pakistan and Iran must strengthen their bilateral ties for progress and regional stability.

    “Both Pakistan and Iran are key players of the region and if they join hands, they can help regional stability. Other countries cannot dictate us on our bilateral relations,” he said. Brigadier Nawaz said that Pakistan and Iran should forget the previous misunderstandings and open a new chapter of friendship.

    http://nation.com.pk/13-Nov-2017/don-t-get-too-close-to-iran-us-asks-pak
     
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    :coffee: It seems we are the only nation on planet that is advised to not have Free Trade agreement with Iran who happens to be on our door steps with potential of bilateral trade between 2 nations to become 30 billion if it reaches full potential

    Everyone else seems to trade with them with no hessitation


    Where is option to get cheapest gas = Iran
    Where is option to get cheap oil = Iran
    Where is option to get cheap electricity = Iran
    Where can we import emergency food = Iran
    Where can we go for tourist attraction like Europe = Iran
    Which country on our door step can sell us Cars = Iran
    Which country where our sports team can go to practice cheaply = Iran
    Whic country has education standard our students can benefit from = Iran or China


    So we should ignore all that , and import shit from 1200 Km Across the seas , rent a god damn Transport ship , and buy oil for that fat transport ship , and then construct a 400 million dollar terminal in order to use something

    Oh yea and just becasue folks are our friends , they will lend us 2 billion IMF loan which turns into 5 billion by the time we have to return it

    Oh and this is the funniest shit ... the american company that wins the contract for that terminal , leaves the work half *** done and leaves the project ...

    HAHAHAAHa o_O
     
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  3. Politico

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    Why is the US so obsessed with Iran ?
     
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    USA should also ask India lol
     
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    "stay within limits" what nerve these condescending tw@ts have. Ask Britain and France as well to keep it within limits, tell india as well.
     
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    I think they have problem with COAS meeting Iranian revolutionary guard, economically they want to starve Iran by not allowing them to export their oil and gas, they are against IP and supporting TAPI via world bank.

    Yanks recently offered bharti's their local oil on cheap price so they can replace all Iranian supplies. bharatis are quite happy with this development..

    first shipment already reached bharat.

    https://economictimes.indiatimes.co...odishas-paradip-port/articleshow/60914425.cms
     
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  7. AZADPAKISTAN2009

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    Its funny becasue every nation on planet is dealing with Iran

    Boeing sold them planes for 80 Billion dollar :) 30-40 billion in planes by Airbus also made some hefty gains. Most other countries like Canada or Brazil were restricted to sell them their planes ..... becasue iran was under a ..watch ...hahahaha nice way to screw up other competing countries

    Look it is all about who sells and deals , that is all this is about

    Pakistan does not have a beef with Iran and it is not in our national interest to restrict economic deals with that nation
     
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    Yanks can tell us what to do All thanks to people who took aid from them.
     
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    Hahahaha stay within limits.if we take American money this time,I am sure they will attack deep inside Pakistan and nobody can stop them.we must look at the level of humiliation.we must get rid of these coward Americans.we aren't responsible for their failures in Afghanistan.
     
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    This should be Pakistans reply
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    L O L, I love this Senior unknown officials AKA Saudi official man in Pakistan
     
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    Because Iran is the next target for attack for ISRAEL.

    A recent statement from Henry Kissinger in NY Times clearly spells that Iran is the next target. But the war may start as a feud between Arabs and Iran.
     
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    here we go again ... :lol:

    It's a good thing that such threats are coming out in public sphere ... it helps strengthen the narrative against the USA in the country. And public supports strengthens the government and institutions to withstand any future onslaughts.
     
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    lol Then Indians think they can do well with Chabahar port then? LOL :D :lol:
     
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