I am here to open a new page in Pak-Iran relationships: Nawaz

Published: May 11, 2014
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A handout picture released by the official website of the Iranian president show Iranian President Hassan Rowhani (R) with Nawaz Sharif (L) in Tehran on May 11. PHOTO: AFP/PRESIDENCY WEBSITE

A handout picture released by the official website of the Iranian president show Iranian President Hassan Rowhani (R) with Nawaz Sharif (L) in Tehran on May 11. PHOTO: AFP/PRESIDENCY WEBSITE

TEHRAN: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani agreed to continue with the Iran Pakistan gas pipeline project, saying that it is beneficial for the people of both countries.

During his maiden visit to Iran after assuming office in May last year, the prime minister called on the Iranian President at Saadabad palace in Tehran on Sunday.

He was accompanied by Federal Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar, Federal Minister for Petroleum Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Governor Balochistan Mahmood Khan Achakzai, Advisor to PM on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and Special Assistant to PM Tariq Fatimi.

The premier told the Iranian president that he is there with his finance, petroleum and interior teams to resolve all the matters which are creating hindrance in the completion of the project.

Claiming that Pakistan-Iran relations are bound by historical and religious linkages, Nawaz said, “I am here to open a new page in Pak-Iran relationships.”

Our relations have a historical connection; apart from being neighbouring countries, we both are Muslim countries and have common traditions and relations based on Holy Quran, said President Rouhani.

He added that the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit would further boost the brotherly relations between the two countries.

Trade

Both leaders reiterated their commitment to enhance the bilateral trade between the two countries. There is lot of scope of increasing the trade volume and we want to enhance the trade to new levels of US $5 billion, said Nawaz.

Border security

Discussing the regional security matters, Prime Minister Sharif said that some miscreant elements are trying to sabotage the brotherly relations between Pakistan and Iran.

Reaffirming Pakistan’s commitment to deal with all the rogue elements bent upon sabotaging Pak-Iran relations, the premier said, “We want security of development and development for security.”

President Rouhani said that peace in the region is our common goal and Iran would support Pakistan to develop and become secure.

Discussing the border security matters between the two countries, both leaders agreed that better border management and improved security measures would result in increased bilateral trade and strengthening relationship and cooperation between the two countries.

Invitation to Iranian President

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif extended invitation to the President Rouhani to visit Pakistan, which Rouhani accepted.

Later the Iranian president hosted a luncheon in honour of the Prime Minister and the visiting delegation.

Earlier upon his arrival at Mehrabad International Airport, the Prime Minister was received by Minister for Economic Affairs and Finance Ali Tayyabnia.

The official welcoming ceremony was held at Saadabad Palace where a guard of honour was given to the prime minister.

Nawaz also held a meeting with the First Vice President of Iran Eshaq Jehangiri, during which matters of mutual and bilateral interest were discussed.

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Reader Comments (24)

  • Peshawar
    May 11, 2014 - 7:30PM

    No comments on this page, as all the online burgers are at the pti jalsa hahahaha

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  • aaaaa
    May 11, 2014 - 8:35PM

    IPII pipeline should be completed as soon as possible. Mutually beneficial solution to a number of problems for both countries, not to mention will also help in strengthening ties.

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  • salman
    May 11, 2014 - 8:51PM

    Nothing to comment on bro. Mian sahib gone for short holiday to have some tasty iranian cusine. One call from his boss in washington and pipeline will be back on hold. :)

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  • Maryam
    May 11, 2014 - 8:55PM

    I thought it’s a good sign for Pakistan’s progress……!!
    May Pakistan progress day by day AmeenRecommend

  • May 11, 2014 - 8:59PM

    I thought it’s a good sign for the progress of Pakistan….!!
    I’m against of PTIRecommend

  • Major Iqbal
    May 11, 2014 - 9:51PM

    The Saudis will be furious, no doubt.

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  • Dhanish
    May 11, 2014 - 10:19PM

    Like the “New Page” will erase previous pages filled with IP pipelines losses fines incurred and due to Iran government.palizzz

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  • Parvez
    May 11, 2014 - 10:21PM

    Rouhani holds a royal flush……Nawaz a pair of 2’s………and he’s trying to bluff his way out of the pipeline mess created by Zardari.

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  • Waseem
    May 11, 2014 - 10:21PM

    I have seen the govt of sharif family by last 6 years, I know very well about them, What they are , just dream seller and what else r they??

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  • Pakistani
    May 11, 2014 - 10:23PM

    Very nice!

    It is good that Pakistan have strong relations with Iran, and we should be nutral in our policies!

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  • May 11, 2014 - 10:55PM

    @Peshawar:
    we’ll comment on the out come of PM visit to Iran. But it is important that Pakistan should be careful about our relationship with Iran as they are our next neighbor and they helped us always in our difficult time.they are the genuine people they just wants from us the genuine friendship not a friendship which needs to give petro dollars to keep them warm.

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  • farooq kakar
    May 11, 2014 - 11:01PM

    No doubt a cordial relationship is a need of time,gas pipe line agreement should be implemented and both states have to cooperate in security and intelligence. However the State of pure shown a positive response,hope Iran may too response in cooperate sense.

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  • May 11, 2014 - 11:14PM

    i think sharif is the most suitable candidate to lead Pakistan among all possible candidates. Hopefully, he will remember it is a democracy (unlike morsi)

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  • Razi ul Haq
    May 11, 2014 - 11:24PM

    Came here just to read comments
    Realized that IK’s jalsa was going on so burgers would probably be firing away their keyboards praising the jalsa

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  • Ahmad
    May 11, 2014 - 11:57PM

    Its good that the government is balancing out its relationship with Iran and he Gulf states.

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  • DOC
    May 11, 2014 - 11:58PM

    Pakistan zindabad, Iran zindabad.. Pak-Iran Dosti zindabad

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  • ali
    May 12, 2014 - 12:12AM

    great initiative by our PM of Pakistan

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  • Polpot
    May 12, 2014 - 12:52AM

    ET pls convey to the PMs speech writer, its a new chapter and not a new page!Recommend

  • Nitin in TX USA
    May 12, 2014 - 2:14AM

    Hello, could someone tell me what is a burger as referred to above in comments by two different people?

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  • Miran
    May 12, 2014 - 2:18AM

    @DOC:

    Pak-Arabistan dosti zindabad.

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  • Ryan
    May 12, 2014 - 7:02PM

    @Nitin: Burgers can be found in all shapes, forms, sizes and colors. In india they are mostly Kejriwal fans while in Pakistan we have Imran khan fans.

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  • writer
    May 13, 2014 - 3:52AM

    Pakistanis are the kings and queens of bullshitting, words are cheap, reality is that Sharif’s paymasters in Gulf states and West will not allow this relationship to start in the first place.

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  • Talha
    May 13, 2014 - 10:44AM

    Dosti only if Iran allows Sunnis to freely practice their beliefs…

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  • hella
    May 13, 2014 - 2:17PM

    Iran is a proud civilization state. In the picture above, the Iranian president is wearing his national dress, showing pride and confidence in his own identity. But the Pakistan premier………

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