Pakistan to pursue economic ties with Iran despite US sanctions

Published: August 9, 2018
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Expresses solidarity with Saudi Arabia in row with Canada

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Thursday said it reserves the right to ‘pursue legitimate economic and commercial interests’ with Iran in the wake of re-imposition of sanctions on Tehran by US President Donald Trump, who warned that the countries doing business with the Islamic states might also face the music.

“We are examining the implications of the US’ re-imposed sanctions on Iran,” Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal told reporters at his weekly news briefing.

“However, Pakistan, being a sovereign state, reserves the right to pursue legitimate economic and commercial interests while respecting the international legal regime,” Faisal added.

The Trump administration recently re-imposed sanctions on Iran with warning to other countries that Washington would slap similar restrictions on the states intending to do business with Tehran.

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Relations between Pakistan and Iran have shown signs of improvement in recent months with both the countries have convergence of opinion on many regional issues including Afghanistan.

The Iranian ambassador in a meeting with PM-in-waiting Imran Khan expressed his country’s willingness to deepen trade ties with Pakistan.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani also telephoned Imran on Wednesday and congratulated him over his party’s election victory. Imran accepted Rouhani’s invitation for the visit to Tehran.

In his victory speech, Imran called for improving ties with Pakistan’s immediate neighbours including Iran. But the latest row between Tehran and Washington would certainly test Imran’s diplomatic skills to protect Pakistan’s interests.

Pakistan shows solidarity with Saudi Arabia

In response to a question about the current row between Saudi Arabia and Canada, the spokesperson said Pakistan was following with “immense concern” the crisis in the relations between Saudi Arabia and Canada and places on record its solidarity with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

“Pakistan always supports the sovereignty of states and the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of other states,” Faisal stressed.

“Both these aspects are enshrined in the UN Charter and are among the basic tenets of international law, and the foundation of peaceful and friendly inter-state relations,” he further said.

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“We fully agree with the statement of the OIC Secretary General that Saudi Arabia enjoys immense respect at the regional and international level, as it does among the people of Pakistan.”

“Pakistan stands by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in protecting its sovereignty as a matter of principle and based on the historic and brotherly relations between our two countries,” the statement added.

The diplomatic spat began after Canada criticised Saudi Arabia for the treatment being meted out to women rights activists in the kingdom.

The move sparked prompt action from Riyadh, which suspended trade and expelled the Canadian envoy to Saudi Arabia.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • Shamim Khan
    Aug 10, 2018 - 12:29AM

    This is not the time for visceral reactions – things must be thought through clearly The new world order that is evolving demands that we align ourselves with the China/Russia Block., This is where our future lies. It is about time we cut our “umbilical cord” with USA, while retaining cordial relations with her. If this results in severe hardship, so be it. In any case, a major chunk of the aid was going into the pockets of Zardar, Shariis and their cohorts. The vitriolic rhetoric in the Western media about our recent election is ample evidence of their anti-Pakistan stance. Let us hope that Imran Khan will put an end to the seventy year rule of Kleptocrats that has looted and ravaged Pakistan. . . Recommend

  • cueball
    Aug 10, 2018 - 1:44AM

    Antagonizing our largest export customer over Iran makes little sense to me. Where’s the upside?Recommend

  • Thora Bora
    Aug 10, 2018 - 7:43AM

    Pakistan diplomatically shouldn’t be so fussy. As Iran regime violating human rights on daily basis and make nuclear adventures to fight against Isreal. The regime have no shame to suffer its peoples in the country and abroad, and the rate of Iranian currency is a typical example. Pakistan should avoid being adventurous like Iran.Recommend

  • Haroon Nathoka
    Aug 10, 2018 - 11:10AM

    1st you should check the number that how many living below the poverty line in india and how many toilets are required to your country fellows then speak against the pakistani people who have better lifestyle than your toilets filled country….Recommend

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