Iran’s special envoy lauds Pakistan’s ‘constructive role’ in Afghanistan

Ghomi calls on FM Bilawal, discusses bilateral ties including energy cooperation, regional security and connectivity

News Desk July 22, 2022
Hassan Kazemi Ghomi (left) and Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari. PHOTO: FILE

Iran’s Special Representative to the President on Afghanistan Hassan Kazemi Ghomi called on Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari on Friday.

FM Bilawal reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment to a peaceful, stable, prosperous and connected Afghanistan, a statement issued by the Foreign Office said.

He underscored the importance of close cooperation between Pakistan and Iran on matters relating to Afghanistan, including refugee management, regional security and institutional mechanisms.

He also highlighted Pakistan’s provision of humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan, including recent relief efforts in wake of the devastating earthquake in eastern Afghanistan on 22 June.

Also read: Pakistan has sent humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan: FM Bilawal

The foreign minister also reiterated the importance of continued constructive engagement and practical cooperation with the interim Afghan government in order to promote the objective of sustainable peace and security in the region.

On bilateral ties, he expressed Pakistan’s keen desire to further strengthen relations with Iran, which are rooted deep in common faith, shared history, and cultural affinities.

He highlighted the importance of regular exchanges to advance economic and trade relations, energy cooperation, regional security and connectivity.

Special envoy Ghomi said that Iran associated high importance to its relations with Pakistan. He appreciated the constructive role played by Pakistan in Afghanistan and underscored that peace and stability in Afghanistan are essential pre-requisites for the region’s long-term peace and prosperity.

Earlier, the Iranian special representative met his Pakistani counterpart Ambassador Mohammad Sadiq, where both sides discussed the evolving situation in Afghanistan, highlighted the importance of pursuing continuous and practical engagement, and reviewed various trade and connectivity initiatives in the region.


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