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Pakistani Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf

Pakistani Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf

Pakistani Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has called for the further expansion of ties between his country and Iran, in particular in the economic sector. Iran and Pakistan enjoy close and brotherly relations and their interactions are rooted in historical, cultural and religious commonalities, the Pakistani premier said in a Tuesday meeting with Alaeddin Boroujerdi, Chairman of Iran’s Majlis National Security and Foreign policy Committee. He expressed satisfaction over the growing cooperation between Tehran and Islamabad, stressing that further interaction between the parliaments of the two countries could help the consolidation of bilateral ties. Regarding Afghanistan, Pakistani Prime Minister said that Iran and Pakistan had common views on Afghanistan and that the two countries share the objective of participating in the establishment of peace in Afghanistan. Ashraf went on to say that a prosperous and stable Afghanistan would benefit not only Pakistan but the whole region. He said terrorism and extremism are our common enemies and we should overcome such challenges through cooperation and unity. Boroujerdi, for his part, said the two countries should further expand their relations given their vast capacities. He said that Iran’s Majlis fully supports the development of all-out ties with Pakistan, in particular in trade and economy. Heading a parliamentary delegation, Boroujerdi arrived in Islamabad on Sunday to hold talks with Pakistani officials and discuss the Tehran-Islamabad bilateral relations. AR/PKH/HJL
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