President Alvi, Iranian counterpart discuss strengthening bilateral cooperation

The two leaders expressed satisfaction with regular high-level interactions


News Desk November 28, 2021
President Dr Arif Alvi met with President of Iran Seyed Ebrahim Raisi in in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. Twitter/@PresofPakistan

ASHGABAT, TURKMENISTAN:

President Dr Arif Alvi met with President of Iran Seyed Ebrahim Raisi, on the sidelines of the 15th Summit of Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, on Sunday.

President Alvi congratulated his counterpart on assuming the office of the President of Iran after his victory in the recent elections. Alvi underlined that Pakistan considered Iran as an important Muslim neighbour and brother based on deep-rooted historical, linguistic, religious and cultural linkages between the two countries.

The two leaders expressed satisfaction with regular high-level interactions that had reinforced different avenues of bilateral cooperation.

President Alvi highlighted that Pakistan prioritised geo-economic prosperity and regional connectivity. He expressed satisfaction at the recent operationalisation of the International Road Transport (TIR) shipments from Pakistan to Turkey and Azerbaijan, which would benefit the entire ECO region.

Read: Alvi reaffirms Pak support for TAPI pipeline

While referring to the recently held Iran-Pakistan Joint Trade Committee (JTC) meeting in Tehran, Alvi underscored the importance of regular meetings for bilateral mechanisms for trade and economy. He also emphasised utilising the barter trade mechanism in this respect.

President Alvi thanked Iran’s consistent support to the Kashmir cause, particularly from the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei. 

On regional situation, particularly in the context of Afghanistan, Alvi noted the increased union in views among the neighbouring countries. He emphasised the need for a coordinated approach to achieve shared objectives of a peaceful, stable and prosperous Afghanistan.

Alvi laid emphasis on the urgent provision of humanitarian and economic assistance to alleviate the sufferings of the people of Afghanistan. He stressed the de-freezing of Afghanistan’s financial assets in this respect.

President Alvi reiterated the invitation to President Raisi for a bilateral visit to Pakistan. The two leaders agreed to stay engaged on all issues of mutual interest.

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