PR No. 127 Islamabad: December 15, 2017

The Ambassador of Iran Mr. Mehdi Honoardost met National Security Adviser Lt. General (R) Nasser Khan Janjua this morning. Besides bilateral relations, economic prospects of CPEC, Gwadar, Chabahar and matters pertaining to regional and Muslim world’s security situation came under discussion. 

          NSA while welcoming the guest said that Iran is our brotherly Muslim neighbouring country to which Pakistan had always extended a friendly hand and is keen to strengthen these ties in future. 

          The Ambassador said that Muslim world is passing through challenging times and Iran believed that Pakistan can play a very constructive and balanced role in the given scenario. While stressing the need for consolidating regional cooperation, the envoy said that cooperation is the only way to achieve sustainable peace in the region, particularly in the Muslim world. He regarded CPEC a game changer endeavour for the region and said that Iran is keen to be a part of it. Discussing the importance of Chabahar and Gwadar Ports the envoy reiterated that Iran would never let its resources used against Pakistan and that both the ports would compliment each other in a cooperative framework. 

          Both sides agreed that Pakistan and Iran share a common future. “The most valuable part of Pak-Iran relations is the mutual feeling of brotherhood among the people of both the countries” he added. Broader understanding of each others stance regarding key regional developments can consolidate Pak-Iran relations and can pave ways to enhance bilateral engagements further, they agreed. 

          The Ambassador extended an invitation on Regional Security Seminar to NSA scheduled to be held early next year in Iran which the NSA thankfully accepted.