Zarif visits Islamabad for a three-day tour

Lester Mason
March 12, 2018

On a visit to Pakistan, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Iran pursues "free bilateral trade" with the neighboring South Asian country.

The Iranian envoy, speaking to journalists, added that Iran's relations with India are not aimed against Pakistan.

He also emphasized the need for relations and cooperation between the two ports of Chabahar and Gwadar, saying that these two ports can act as complementary to each other.

The foreign minister is accompanied by a 30-member delegation, including representatives from the business sector. After visiting Islamabad, he will travel to Pakistani's commercial city Karachi. He will participate and address Pak, Iran trade seminar in Islamabad.

Zarif is also expected to meet Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and military chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa, a diplomatic source told Xinhua.

While addressing the Pak-Iran Business Forum on Monday, the Iranian foreign minister shared that there has been a 50 per cent increase in trade between Pakistan and Iran since previous year.

"It's essential for Iran and Pakistan, as two friends and neighbours, to engage in close cooperation to ensure security of their common borders and prevent the penetration of terrorists", he said.

Iran and Pakistan seek to increase bilateral trade volume to nearly five billion dollars per year.

Zarif also remarked that extremism and terrorism spread due to poverty.

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