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Iran vows to develop ‘comprehensive’ ties with Pakistan
Visiting FM Javad Zarif holds extensive talks with civil-military leadership amid new regional alignments


Kamran YousafNovember 11, 2020

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FM Qureshi holds meeting with his Iranian counterpart at the Foreign Office in Islamabad. PHOTO: MOFA
ISLAMABAD:
Iran’s Foreign Minister Dr Muhammad Javad Zarif said his country was ready to develop “comprehensive” relationship with Pakistan, as he held talks with senior civil and military authorities on Wednesday amidst new alignments in the region.
Zarif, who was heading a high-powered delegation that also included Iran’s special envoy on Afghanistan, met Prime Minister Imran Khan, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and also visited the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi to hold a meeting with army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa.
This was Zarif’s second visit to Islamabad in six months and came against the backdrop of new alignments in the region.
In the past, visiting Iranian officials rarely interacted with the military leadership in Pakistan but that was not the case anymore. There has been an increased interaction between the two countries not at the civilian levels but also on the military front.
Talking to the Iranian foreign minister, Prime Minister Imran Khan said Pakistan and Iran enjoy close and cordial relation and the two countries must further strengthen bilateral cooperation for mutual benefit.


The prime minister also emphasised the need for enhanced bilateral cooperation with special emphasis on bilateral trade and economic relations. He underscored the need to work closely for promoting peace, security and development in the region.
Highlighting Pakistan’s efforts towards facilitating peace and stability in Afghanistan, the prime minister said there is no military solution to the Afghan conflict.
He reaffirmed Pakistan’s support for Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process and hoped that this historic opportunity would be seized by all Afghan parties to secure a political settlement.
Imran further said that that peace in Afghanistan would be beneficial for the entire region as it would create new opportunities for trade and economic cooperation as well as regional connectivity.
He also reaffirmed Iran’s steadfast support for the Kashmir cause.
The two sides issued separate statements after Zarif’s meeting with Foreign Minister Qureshi and the army chief. The official handouts from both sides underlined the need for close cooperation between the two countries and expansion of ties in all spheres.
The Iranian Embassy said during the meeting between Qureshi and Zarif, the two sides discussed the development of bilateral political, economic and international cooperation. Dr Zarif referred to the deep historical and cultural interests between the nations of Iran and Pakistan. He expressed the readiness of Iran to comprehensively develop relations with Pakistan.

Referring to the decision of the Iran to develop border crossing points with Pakistan, the minister of foreign affairs welcomed the decision of the government to open new border markets to develop trade relations between the two countries and announced his country’s readiness to agree on new models of trade.
Qureshi also mentioned Iran as an important friend and neighbour of Pakistan and informed Zarif about the practical steps taken by the Pakistani government to promote the bilateral trade and economic cooperation.
Referring to the importance of strengthening the security of the borders, Dr Zarif stressed the need for continuous consultations in this regard. Qureshi said that the Pakistani government had decided to promote cross-border trade between the two countries.
The Pakistani foreign minister stressed the importance of establishing peace and security on the Iranian-Pakistani border and stressed that the country would not allow hostile actions against Iran.
Regional developments, issues of the Islamic world, countering Islamophobia, regional cooperation, especially the strengthening of the Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO), joint fight against terrorism and illegal immigration, and facilitating pilgrimages were among the other topics discussed by the two foreign ministers.
The formation of a joint economic commission in the near future was also among the issues taken up during the talks and agreement was reached between the two foreign ministers.
A separate statement issued by the Foreign Office said that Qureshi underscored the importance Pakistan attached to its relations with Iran as a fraternal country and important neighbour. The two foreign ministers reviewed all aspects of bilateral relations and exchanged views on regional and international issues.
Qureshi extended condolences over the loss of precious lives in Iran due to Covid-19 and commended the Iranian government’s efforts to contain the pandemic. The foreign minister emphasised the importance of optimally utilising the existing bilateral mechanisms to increase cooperation in the areas of trade, investment, connectivity, security and people-to-people exchanges and to strengthen mutual collaboration in multilateral fora. In this regard, he underlined the need for regular interactions at multiple levels.
On Afghanistan, the foreign minister underlined that peace in Afghanistan was paramount for sustainable stability and prosperity in the region. Reaffirming Pakistan’s support for Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process, Qureshi highlighted Pakistan’s positive contributions.
He added that the intra-Afghan negotiations (IAN) offered a historic opportunity which all sides must seize to secure an inclusive, broad-based and comprehensive political settlement. The two sides agreed to close coordination to support efforts for peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan.
Foreign Minister Qureshi apprised Dr Javad Zarif of the worsening humanitarian and human rights situation in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK). He also highlighted India’s illegal actions to change the demographic structure of the occupied territory.
On behalf of the people of Pakistan, the foreign minister conveyed deep appreciation for the Iranian supreme leader’s steadfast support for the Kashmir cause.
The two foreign ministers exchanged views on the rising Islamophobia in different parts of the world and agreed to undertake efforts to counter this negative trend.
Meanwhile, during the meeting between Zarif and the Army Chief, the two sides, while expressing satisfaction with the political, military and regional cooperation between the two countries, emphasised the expansion of relations in all dimensions.

Zarif pointed to the good military cooperation between the two countries and praised the measures taken at the border to strengthen border security, and the opening of a new border crossings. He announced that Iran would open the crossing corridor next week.
Zarif expressed the hope that the Gabd crossing will be reopened by the Pakistani side, and that other border crossing paths would also be reopened to expand public and commercial ties between the two countries.
While acknowledging the importance of political and military cooperation between the two countries, Gen Bajwa stressed the need for expanding cooperation in all dimensions, and supported the Pakistani government’s decision to open a border bazaar and various crossing points, including the Rimdan-Gabd and Pishin-Mand crossings.
An ISPR statement said the army chief pointed out that enhanced Pakistan-Iran cooperation would have positive impact on regional peace and stability. Zarif appreciated Pakistan’s positive role for regional stability, especially the Afghan peace process and pledged to keep working for better relations between two brotherly countries.
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ISLAMABAD: Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has expressed his country’s readiness to comprehensively develop relations with Pakistan as well as to agree on new models of trade, and also welcomed Islamabad’s decision to open new border markets to enhance trade between the two countries. The visiting Iranian foreign minister expressed this desire during his meeting with Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, according to a statement issued here by the Iranian Embassy after the meeting.
The Foreign Office, in a statement issued separately, stated that Foreign Minister Qureshi emphasised the importance of optimally utilising the existing bilateral mechanisms to increase cooperation in the areas of trade, investment, connectivity, security, and people-to-people exchanges, and to strengthen mutual collaboration in multilateral fora.
In this regard, he underlined the need for regular interactions at multiple levels.
“The two foreign ministers reviewed all aspects of bilateral relations and exchanged views on regional and international issues,” it stated, adding that Foreign Minister Qureshi received Foreign Minister of Iran Dr Javad Zarif.
Their one-on-one meeting was followed by delegation-level talks.
Foreign Minister Qureshi underscored the importance Pakistan attached to its relations with Iran as a fraternal country and important neighbour.
Qureshi extended condolences over the loss of precious lives in Iran due to the Covid-19 and commended the Iranian government’s efforts to contain the pandemic.
On Afghanistan, it added that the foreign minister underlined that peace in Afghanistan was paramount for sustainable stability and prosperity in the region.
Reaffirming Pakistan’s support for Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process, Qureshi highlighted Pakistan’s positive contributions, adding that the intra-Afghan negotiations offered a historic opportunity, which all sides must seize to secure an inclusive, broad-based and comprehensive political settlement.
“The two sides agreed on close coordination to support efforts for peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan,” it added.
Foreign Minister Qureshi also apprised Dr Javad Zarif of the worsening humanitarian and human rights situation in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).
He also highlighted India’s illegal actions to change the demographic structure of the occupied territory.
On behalf of the people of Pakistan, the foreign minister conveyed deep appreciation for the Supreme Leader’s steadfast support for the Kashmir cause, it added.
It further stated that the two foreign ministers exchanged views on the rising Islamophobia in different parts of the world, and agreed to undertake efforts to counter this negative trend.
In the statement, the Iranian Embassy stated that during the meeting the two sides discussed the development of bilateral political, economic and international cooperation between the two countries.
It added that Dr Zarif referred to the deep historical and cultural interests between the nations of Iran and Pakistan.
“He expressed the readiness of the Islamic Republic of Iran to comprehensively develop relations with Pakistan,” it added.
Referring to the decision of Iran to develop border crossing points with Pakistan, Zarif welcomed the decision of the government to open new border markets to develop trade relations between the two countries and announced his country's readiness to agree on new models of trade.
Referring to the importance of strengthening the security of the borders of the two countries, the Iranian foreign minister reminded the need for continuous consultations in this regard.
The Embassy’s statement quoted Foreign Minister Qureshi as having said that Iran is an important friend and neighbour of Pakistan and informed his Iranian counterpart about the practical steps taken by the Pakistani government to develop trade and economic cooperation with Iran and said that the Pakistani government has decided to exchange and help cross-border exports between the two countries.
“The Pakistani foreign minister stressed the importance of establishing peace and security on the Iranian-Pakistani border and stressed that the country would not allow hostile actions against Iran,” it added.
Regional developments, issues of the Islamic world, countering Islamophobia, regional cooperation, especially the strengthening of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO), joint fight against terrorism and illegal immigration, and facilitating pilgrimages are among the other topics discussed by the two foreign ministers, it added.
It further stated that the formation of a joint economic commission in the near future was among the other issues discussed and the agreement reached between the foreign ministers of Iran and Pakistan.
Foreign Minister Qureshi also hosted a luncheon in honour of the visiting Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif.
Advisor on Commerce Abdul Razzak Dawood and senior officers of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs also attended the luncheon.
Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif along with Foreign Minister Qureshi also cut the cake of birth anniversary of Dr Allama Muhammad Iqbal.
Talking to the state media, along with the visiting Iranian counterpart, Qureshi said that the frequent visits were helping improve bilateral relations to next level.
He said a host of topics, including bilateral trade, regional situation, and peace in Afghanistan, were discussed with his Iranian counterpart.
He said that Pakistan and Iran shared common identical views over peace in Afghanistan as both countries wanted peace and stability in the mutual neighbour.
“We have decided to increase exchange of views over matters pertaining to Afghanistan to achieve our shared objective of making efforts for durable peace in the neighbouring country,” he added.
The Iranian foreign minister expressed satisfaction with the level of cooperation being extended from Pakistan in securing borders and handling issues relating to immigration and terrorism.
He also appreciated Pakistan for erecting fence along the border to check illegal movement.
Earlier in the day, the visiting Iranian foreign minister met with Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Bajwa at the general headquarters in Rawalpindi, the Embassy stated in a separate statement.
During the meeting, it stated that the two sides, while expressing satisfaction over the political, military and regional cooperation between the two countries, emphasised the need for expansion of relations in all dimensions.
Zarif referred to the good military cooperation between the two countries and praised the measures taken at the border to strengthen border security, at the same time as opening new border crossings between the two countries and announced that Iran will open the crossing corridor next week.
The Iranian foreign minister added that he hoped that the Gabid crossing would be reopened by the Pakistani side, and that other border crossing paths would be reopened to expand public and commercial ties between the two countries.
“While acknowledging the importance of political and military cooperation between the two countries, General Bajwa stressed the need to expand cooperation in all dimensions, and supported the Pakistani government's decision to open a border bazaar and various crossing points, including the Rimdan-Gabd and Pishin-Mand crossings,” the Embassy further stated.
 

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Both countries will move toward a yuan based trading regime. Increasing trade with Iran should be a priority.
 

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Good decision by Pakistan. Arabs are stupid to loose Pakistan at this juncture when CPEC is about to come online transforming Pakistan. Pakistan should break off of the yoke put on it by these Arabs. The sooner you throw the money to the face of Gufies the better. Master stroke by Imran.
 

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Good decision by Pakistan. Arabs are stupid to loose Pakistan at this juncture when CPEC is about to come online transforming Pakistan. Pakistan should break off of the yoke put on it by these Arabs. The sooner you throw the money to the face of Gufies the better. Master stroke by Imran.
Would Pakistan back Iran if Iran attacks the Arab states?
 

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A good decision. It is time to revitalise Pakistan-Iran-Turkey RCD. We have much in common. Moreover, the strategic interests are converging as well.
 

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Iran vows to develop ‘comprehensive’ ties with Pakistan
Visiting FM Javad Zarif holds extensive talks with civil-military leadership amid new regional alignments


Kamran YousafNovember 11, 2020

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FM Qureshi holds meeting with his Iranian counterpart at the Foreign Office in Islamabad. PHOTO: MOFA
ISLAMABAD:
Iran’s Foreign Minister Dr Muhammad Javad Zarif said his country was ready to develop “comprehensive” relationship with Pakistan, as he held talks with senior civil and military authorities on Wednesday amidst new alignments in the region.
Zarif, who was heading a high-powered delegation that also included Iran’s special envoy on Afghanistan, met Prime Minister Imran Khan, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and also visited the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi to hold a meeting with army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa.
This was Zarif’s second visit to Islamabad in six months and came against the backdrop of new alignments in the region.
In the past, visiting Iranian officials rarely interacted with the military leadership in Pakistan but that was not the case anymore. There has been an increased interaction between the two countries not at the civilian levels but also on the military front.
Talking to the Iranian foreign minister, Prime Minister Imran Khan said Pakistan and Iran enjoy close and cordial relation and the two countries must further strengthen bilateral cooperation for mutual benefit.


The prime minister also emphasised the need for enhanced bilateral cooperation with special emphasis on bilateral trade and economic relations. He underscored the need to work closely for promoting peace, security and development in the region.
Highlighting Pakistan’s efforts towards facilitating peace and stability in Afghanistan, the prime minister said there is no military solution to the Afghan conflict.
He reaffirmed Pakistan’s support for Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process and hoped that this historic opportunity would be seized by all Afghan parties to secure a political settlement.
Imran further said that that peace in Afghanistan would be beneficial for the entire region as it would create new opportunities for trade and economic cooperation as well as regional connectivity.
He also reaffirmed Iran’s steadfast support for the Kashmir cause.
The two sides issued separate statements after Zarif’s meeting with Foreign Minister Qureshi and the army chief. The official handouts from both sides underlined the need for close cooperation between the two countries and expansion of ties in all spheres.
The Iranian Embassy said during the meeting between Qureshi and Zarif, the two sides discussed the development of bilateral political, economic and international cooperation. Dr Zarif referred to the deep historical and cultural interests between the nations of Iran and Pakistan. He expressed the readiness of Iran to comprehensively develop relations with Pakistan.

Referring to the decision of the Iran to develop border crossing points with Pakistan, the minister of foreign affairs welcomed the decision of the government to open new border markets to develop trade relations between the two countries and announced his country’s readiness to agree on new models of trade.
Qureshi also mentioned Iran as an important friend and neighbour of Pakistan and informed Zarif about the practical steps taken by the Pakistani government to promote the bilateral trade and economic cooperation.
Referring to the importance of strengthening the security of the borders, Dr Zarif stressed the need for continuous consultations in this regard. Qureshi said that the Pakistani government had decided to promote cross-border trade between the two countries.
The Pakistani foreign minister stressed the importance of establishing peace and security on the Iranian-Pakistani border and stressed that the country would not allow hostile actions against Iran.
Regional developments, issues of the Islamic world, countering Islamophobia, regional cooperation, especially the strengthening of the Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO), joint fight against terrorism and illegal immigration, and facilitating pilgrimages were among the other topics discussed by the two foreign ministers.
The formation of a joint economic commission in the near future was also among the issues taken up during the talks and agreement was reached between the two foreign ministers.
A separate statement issued by the Foreign Office said that Qureshi underscored the importance Pakistan attached to its relations with Iran as a fraternal country and important neighbour. The two foreign ministers reviewed all aspects of bilateral relations and exchanged views on regional and international issues.
Qureshi extended condolences over the loss of precious lives in Iran due to Covid-19 and commended the Iranian government’s efforts to contain the pandemic. The foreign minister emphasised the importance of optimally utilising the existing bilateral mechanisms to increase cooperation in the areas of trade, investment, connectivity, security and people-to-people exchanges and to strengthen mutual collaboration in multilateral fora. In this regard, he underlined the need for regular interactions at multiple levels.
On Afghanistan, the foreign minister underlined that peace in Afghanistan was paramount for sustainable stability and prosperity in the region. Reaffirming Pakistan’s support for Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process, Qureshi highlighted Pakistan’s positive contributions.
He added that the intra-Afghan negotiations (IAN) offered a historic opportunity which all sides must seize to secure an inclusive, broad-based and comprehensive political settlement. The two sides agreed to close coordination to support efforts for peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan.
Foreign Minister Qureshi apprised Dr Javad Zarif of the worsening humanitarian and human rights situation in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK). He also highlighted India’s illegal actions to change the demographic structure of the occupied territory.
On behalf of the people of Pakistan, the foreign minister conveyed deep appreciation for the Iranian supreme leader’s steadfast support for the Kashmir cause.
The two foreign ministers exchanged views on the rising Islamophobia in different parts of the world and agreed to undertake efforts to counter this negative trend.
Meanwhile, during the meeting between Zarif and the Army Chief, the two sides, while expressing satisfaction with the political, military and regional cooperation between the two countries, emphasised the expansion of relations in all dimensions.

Zarif pointed to the good military cooperation between the two countries and praised the measures taken at the border to strengthen border security, and the opening of a new border crossings. He announced that Iran would open the crossing corridor next week.
Zarif expressed the hope that the Gabd crossing will be reopened by the Pakistani side, and that other border crossing paths would also be reopened to expand public and commercial ties between the two countries.
While acknowledging the importance of political and military cooperation between the two countries, Gen Bajwa stressed the need for expanding cooperation in all dimensions, and supported the Pakistani government’s decision to open a border bazaar and various crossing points, including the Rimdan-Gabd and Pishin-Mand crossings.
An ISPR statement said the army chief pointed out that enhanced Pakistan-Iran cooperation would have positive impact on regional peace and stability. Zarif appreciated Pakistan’s positive role for regional stability, especially the Afghan peace process and pledged to keep working for better relations between two brotherly countries.
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Good decision by Pakistan. Arabs are stupid to loose Pakistan at this juncture when CPEC is about to come online transforming Pakistan. Pakistan should break off of the yoke put on it by these Arabs. The sooner you throw the money to the face of Gufies the better. Master stroke by Imran.
Pakistan will maintain good relations with Iran, Turkey and the Arab nations. We may even recognize Israel. Our global initiates are popular at the UN. Its an Indian fantasy to assume we are isolated.
 

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Iran is a trading route and it must be developed but there should be comprehensive dialogue.
with this country we need to be very careful to go ahead although they need us and China after given up on Chabahar with India.
change of regime in US is coming at the time when in this region things are taking shape right from forces withdrawal in Afghanistan to Russia/China closing in.
we also need to have a dialogue with Iran on post withdrawal Afghanistan as transition may be very surprising there.
this was not the time to annoy middle eastern nations, having them closer, like before SMQ blunder we would have a very strong footing in the region.
anyhow i hope these Saudis and Emiraties will realize one day, it is not one way that we need them. suddenly when things go upside down they come crying and they will.
Transition in US will define several things from China to Turkey.
 

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