Tehran-Islamabad economic bonds should be bolstered/Borders should be borders of security and friendship

“We believe that bonds between the two countries should be cemented in economic fields, just as political and cultural ones,” said President Rouhani in a meeting with the Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif.

Thu 22 - September 2016 - 03:39

“Iranian people attach great weight to development of relations with Pakistan and this is due to historical and cultural bonds with Pakistani people,” said President in the meeting that was held late on Wednesday local time on the sidelines of the 71st UN General Assembly in New York.

He added: “Historical, cultural and regional circumstances dictate that Tehran-Islamabad ties should be further cemented. Fortunately, the post-sanctions era is a great opportunity to deepen relations in economic fields”.

Stating that Iran is ready to provide Pakistan with energy, Dr Rouhani continued: “The two countries can further develop scientific and cultural ties”.

“Banking relations is the main base for economic relations and we need to make special attempts in accelerating banking agreements”.

“We do not consider Gwadar port as a rival to Chabahar,” said President stating that Iran considers Pakistan’s security and progress as its own security and progress.

Dr Rouhani continued: “Iran has always attempted to introduce the two countries’ borders as the border of security and friendship and today there has been a lot of progress in this regard, yet we need to continue our efforts”.

Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif referred to commonalities between the two countries and said: “Our cultures, traditions and economies are complementary and we are seeking to promote ties with Tehran”.

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