PR No. 199 Islamabad: April 23, 2017

“Iran cooperation in fighting terrorism is essential and the role of mutual cooperation in establishing peace and security in the region is undeniable”, said Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq while talking to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zatif in Tehran, says a Press Release received from Tehran here today .

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq arrived in Tehran on Friday evening leading a parliamentary delegation, held important meetings with key Iranian parliamentarians and political dignitaries on regional issues and bilateral relations including   Mr. Allauddin Borojardi, Chairman Committee for Foreign Policy & National security in the Majlis and Iranian Industry, Mines &Trade Minister Mr. Mohammad Reza Na' metzadeh.

Discussing regional security and peace , Speaker Ayaz Sadiq said Pakistan and Iran share views on the importance on the establishment of peace and security in the region and the reinforcement of unity in the Muslim world. The regional issues should be resolved by the neighbouring countries themselves, he added.

The speaker called on Iran to join the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) which is a collection of Infrastructure projects currently under construction throughout Pakistan.

He highlighted that CPEC will open new vistas for Iran and Pakistan in China and Central Asian Countries.  Iran can avail benefits by joing it and boosting her exports.

Referring to numerous capacities of both countries for cooperation, the speaker said that signing of banking agreement and declaration of Gwadar and Chabahar as sister ports are significant steps in line with using existing capacities in promoting bilateral ties.

Highlighting deep rooted religious, cultural and moral ties between the two countries, the speaker said that the trade volume between both countries is not optimum. He urged on the Iranian side to lift barriers on many commodities of import from Pakistan. Both countries can benefit from mutual imports and exports.

Pointing the miseries of Muslims in Occupied Kashmir and statement of Indian premier Modi , the speaker said that Pakistan  stands for solution of Kashmir issue through political dialogue and according to the UN resolutions.

While talking to Iranian Industry, Mines & Trade minister, Ayaz Sadiq stressed on enhancing trade and economic relations between Pakistan and Iran in order to bring the two nations closer in all the spheres of mutual relations.

The Iranian Foreign Minister also stressed on the importance of strengthening of economic cooperation between Iran and Pakistan. He added that Iran and Pakistan enjoy very good relations not only in the diplomatic arena but also in parliamentary, security and economic sectors.

Contending that Iran-Pakistan ties are influenced by the ancient and historical bonds between the two nations, Allauddin Borojardi said that the two nations have always stood alongside eachother in difficult condition and bilateral ties are unbreakable.