Iran offers to mediate between Pakistan, India over Kashmir

Published: April 1, 2017
Iranian Ambassador to Pakistan Mehdi Honardoost. PHOTO: APP

Iranian Ambassador to Pakistan Mehdi Honardoost. PHOTO: APP

ISLAMABAD: The Iranian Ambassador to Pakistan Mehdi Honardoost has said that Tehran is willing to mediate between Pakistan and India over the long-standing issue of Kashmir if requested.

“Any conflict or tension between the two countries [Pakistan and India] will hinder the progress and development of both the countries but will also impact upon the economies of other regional countries,” said Ambassador Mehdi Honardoost during an interview.

Iran has also offered its assistance to attain peace and tranquility in the region.

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Commenting on Pak-Iran trade ties, Honardoost said that a Free Trade Agreement draft has been signed between the two nations and it will soon be operative to enhance two-way business and trade engagements.

“Our future is bright after the removal of impediments. Hopefully, our trade relations would continue to grow,” he remarked.

Concerned officials from both the countries are also expected to meet in an upcoming 20th round of Pak-Iran Joint Economic Commission (JEC) soon to further strengthen trade ties between the two, he added.

Replying to a question about China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), Honardoost said the project was not only a game-changer for the region but would be a unifying force for the countries in it.

The ambassador termed the Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC) an important group for the Muslim world and underlined the need to widen its sphere by adding all Islamic countries into its fold.

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“As part of this family, we should try to have more interaction. Many Islamic countries right now are in a chaotic situation… We should try to improve the situation. The responsibility of this issue is on the shoulders of the big and important Islamic countries like Iran and Pakistan”.

He was confident that “more interaction and cooperation between the biggest Islamic countries can help remove tension between them [Muslim countries].”

When asked if Iran was interested in joining Saudi Arab’s Islamic coalition, Honardoost said Iran has already announced its desire to join the alliance since it firmly believes that the problems being faced by the Muslim world should be resolved mutually.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Farooq Khan
    Apr 1, 2017 - 3:09PM

    Pakistan needs to maintain strong ties with Iran, and must deal with KSR prudently.Recommend

  • Sexton
    Apr 1, 2017 - 6:18PM

    It is a nice offer, but only two groups can solve the Kashmir problem, and they do not appear to be up to it. Recommend

  • Irony
    Apr 1, 2017 - 6:36PM

    If Pakistan acts smartly it won’t trust Iran as that country is more friendly to India as compared to Pakistan.Recommend

  • Irony
    Apr 1, 2017 - 6:37PM

    How can Iran mediate when it is using its proxies in Pakistan and creating dissension in the ranks of Pakistanis.Recommend

  • Maqsood
    Apr 1, 2017 - 6:53PM

    Thank you Mr. Ambassador for your very kind and well intentioned offer. India and Pakistan both should respond to this offer. It is the peace and cooperation that will resolve the developmental issues. The conflictual situation takes a very heavy toll on developmental matters.Recommend

  • Sajid Ansari
    Apr 16, 2017 - 4:17PM

    Thank you, Your excellency, Mehdi Honardoost, but you must be knowing that India has already refused mediation 6 times, once to, late Nelson Mandela, twice to the USA, twice to Briain and once to Japanese Prime Minister, in the past, whereas Pakistan has always accepted and will accept your offer too but India will Not.

    Logically, the weaker side always refuses to mediation offers and that what India has been doing because her claim is too weak to take a stand.
    Best regards.Recommend

  • Suhas
    May 14, 2017 - 9:06AM

    @Sajid Ansari:
    It is not a question of weaker side. Read up the Shimla accord.Recommend

  • Sajid Ansari
    May 15, 2017 - 2:38PM

    It is nowhere written in Shimla Agreement that there will be No Plebiscite in Kashmir.
    What’s going on, on LoC is in accordance with Shimla Agreement..?
    Terrorism in Baluchistan by RAW is in accordance with Shimla Agreement..?
    Indiscriminate killings of Kashmiris is in accordance with Shimla Agreement or UN Resolution-1948..?
    Indian stand on Kashmir is illegitimate and against the very principle of division of the subcontinent. Please go through Special Issue of Time, August-1997, “50 Years of India” and you will come to know the realities.Recommend

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