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Pezeshkian: Promotion of Pakistan ties 'inviolable principle' of Iran's foreign policy

Masoud Pezeshkian, Iranian president-elect (R) and Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif

The Iranian president-elect has asserted that the importance of strengthening ties with Pakistanis an inviolable principle of Iran's foreign policy.

Masoud Pezeshkian in a phone conversation with Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Tuesday highlighted the significance of ties with Pakistan and pledged to further expand the mutual relations.

Pezeshkian thanked Sharif for Pakistan's congratulatory message on his election win and offered gratitude to the Pakistani prime minister and a high-ranking delegation of the country for attending the funeral procession of Iran's late president Ebrahim Raeisi, along with announcement of public mourning in Pakistan, which Pezeshkian said was a solace to the Iranian people and government.

The president-elect further noted that the emphasis of Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on strengthening ties with Pakistan is considered a core foreign policy principle in Iran since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

"The deep historical ties and strong cultural, religious, and civilization bonds between the two countries have formed the cornerstone of their relationship," Pezeshkian said, noting the ties are a crucial asset that must be preserved and reinforced.

Boosting cooperation between Iran and Pakistan through untapped resources was underscored by Pezeshkian, who also stressed the importance of implementing agreements in political, economic, and security sectors.

Delighted to speak this evening on telephone with President-elect Dr. Massoud Pezeshkian of the Islamic Republic of Iran and congratulate him on his election success. We discussed ways to enhance cooperation, particularly in trade, commerce & investment, and foster a stronger…

— Shehbaz Sharif (@CMShehbaz) July 8, 2024

The Pakistani prime minister, for his part, congratulated Pezeshkian on his election win as the Iranian president and praised Iran's election process as proof of the strength of the Islamic Republic's democratic foundations, and wished prosperity for the Iranian people.

He emphasized on the two countries' rich cultural and historical links and said Islamabad seeks close cooperation with Tehran in order to further strengthen bilateral ties and promote regional peace and stability.

Sharif added that decisions taken jointly by both countries during the historic visit of late president Raisi in April 2024 had laid an excellent foundation for a mutually beneficial cooperative partnership between the two countries.

A significant milestone was achieved during the journey as both nations agreed to boost trade volume to $10 billion and introduce fresh border trade initiatives, Sharif said, hoping for further strengthening of bilateral relations to serve the interests of both countries and their citizens, 

The two leaders also discussed regional issues and agreed to continue close coordination and consultation.

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