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In talks with Amir-Abdollahian, new Pakistani FM calls for closer cooperation with Iran

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Pakistan's new Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari

Pakistan’s new Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari says Islamabad is determined to strengthen cooperation with Iran, particularly in the economic sector, expressing hope for a removal of obstacles in the way of enhancing ties.

In a Wednesday phone conversation with Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, the top Pakistani diplomat said the two countries enjoy good relations as well as cultural and historical commonalities.

Amir-Abdollahian extended his congratulations to Bhutto-Zardari over his appointment as foreign minister and said Tehran-Islamabad relations can serve as a model for Muslim countries.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran and Pakistan are celebrating the 75th anniversary of their relations this year. These ties, which are based on extensive cultural, historical and linguistic commonalities, can turn into a model among other Muslim countries,” he added.

He said that the two countries have placed cooperation in various fields on their agenda.

Amir-Abdollahian invited his Pakistani counterpart to visit Tehran as soon as possible.

Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, son of assassinated former Premier Benazir Bhutto, on Wednesday took the oath as the country’s foreign minister in the government led by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.

The 33-year-old has become one of the world’s youngest foreign ministers.

In a tweet on Monday, Pakistan’s newly-appointed Prime Minister Sharif invited Iran’s President Ebrahim Raeisi on an official visit to Islamabad, hoping to establish closer relations with Tehran.

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