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'Pakistan seeks stronger ties with Iran'
Pakistan's Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir (L) met with Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Asia and Oceania Affairs Mohammad Ali Fathollahi in Islamabad on March 2, 2011.
Thu Mar 3, 2011 10:7AM
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Pakistan's Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir has described the reinforcement of Tehran-Islamabad ties as a major step toward the unity of the Islamic world.


Bashir made the remark during a meeting with Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Asia and Oceania Affairs Mohammad Ali Fathollahi, IRNA reported on Wednesday.

“Iran and Pakistan are two important Muslim countries so it is necessary that they develop bilateral ties,” he went on to say.

He said the Muslim world was in 'desperate' need of unity, adding that trans-regional solutions would not work for Muslim countries.

In the meeting, Fathollahi said that Iran has attached great significance to the development of ties with Pakistan, which would be to the benefit of the region.

Fathollahi also met with Special Secretary at Pakistani Foreign Ministry Muhammad Haroon Shaukat, during which he called for boost expansion of trade transactions between the two countries.

Shaukat, for his part, said that the expansion of economic ties with Tehran is a priority for Islamabad and expressed hope for an increase in the volume of transactions between the two neighbors.

Fathollahi arrived in the capital Islamabad on Wednesday to attend the meeting of a consultative political committee.

AR/GHN
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