Prime Minister Imran Khan visited Tehran today as part of his initiative to promote peace and security in the Gulf. The Prime Minister was accompanied by a high-level delegation including Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, SAPM Syed Zulfiqar Abbas Bukhari and senior officials.
During his meeting with President Hassan Rouhani, Prime Minister Imran Khan highlighted the historic ties and the tradition of close cooperation between the two countries. The Prime Minister reiterated his commitment to further strengthen bilateral relations in diverse areas, with a particular focus on enhanced trade and economic cooperation. Close cooperative ties with Iran have always been a priority for Pakistan, the Prime Minister stressed.
The Prime Minister also expressed gratitude over Iran’s support on the Kashmir issue as the lockdown of over 8 million people in Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir continues for 68 days. The Prime Minister apprised President Rouhani of the dire human rights and humanitarian situation created since India’s illegal and unilateral actions of 5 August and the serious risk posed to peace and security in the region.
In the regional context, the Prime Minister underlined that the current situation in the Gulf requires avoidance of military conflict and constructive engagement of all parties. The Prime Minister conveyed Pakistan’s readiness to extend full facilitation of efforts for de-escalation of tensions and resolution of differences and disputes through political and diplomatic means.
Prime Minister Imran Khan also called on Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei. The Prime Minister conveyed that the people of Pakistan deeply valued the personal commitment of the Supreme Leader to the cause of Kashmir. The Prime Minister reaffirmed his resolve to comprehensively upgrade Pakistan- Iran relations. He also apprised the Supreme Leader of his initiative for regional peace and security.
The Prime Minister’s wide-ranging talks with the Iranian leadership were held in an atmosphere of cordiality and understanding, with the Iranian side appreciating Pakistan’s sincere efforts for the preservation of peace and security in the region. The overall exchange of views was constructive and encouraging. Both sides agreed to stay engaged and consult closely to take the process forward.